Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Membership Tier: Steering Committee (Co-Chair)

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a United Nations Foundation-hosted public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working with over 1000 public, private, and non-profit partners to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves and fuels in the developing world.

Why the Alliance Joined the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group

Ensuring access to cleaner cookstoves and fuels for vulnerable populations is a key component of the Alliance strategy, and has been since its launch in 2010. Vulnerable populations such as refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), asylees and other crisis-affected communities are not easily reached by traditional commercial energy and cookstove deployment efforts, but have much to gain from adoption of cleaner cookstoves, fuels, and other energy technologies. Humanitarian settings present an enormous challenge to the deployment of clean cooking and energy solutions with conflict and severe resource constraints exacerbating existing supply chain barriers.  

After its launch, the Alliance created a Humanitarian Working Group to solicit advice from a wide range of humanitarian experts and determine the best approach for improving energy access for vulnerable populations. This group recommended that the Alliance build upon the foundation set by the UN SAFE Task Force for its humanitarian work. Since 2012, the Alliance has worked with the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group to improve access to fuel and energy for crisis-affected populations.  

The Alliance’s Phase 1 (2012-2014) humanitarian activities were focused on partnership and building a working foundation for the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group members to engage their organizations on issues around safe access to fuel and energy. 

Phase 2 (2015-2017) is focused on scaling and strengthening implementation of SAFE projects and establishing an effective enabling environment to ensure that energy is integrated into humanitarian response mechanisms. 


Krista Riddley |


Kathleen Callaghy |