The Strategy Framework articulates a shared vision and path for accelerating progress towards universal access as a collective ecosystem.
The Strategy Framework includes: three Principles, four Pathways, three Enablers, and a set of specific Initiatives that the ecosystem needs to invest in today.
Together these components represent a bold vision for achieving universal access. Working with partners across the ecosystem, the Clean Cooking Alliance is co-creating and launching a number of these Initiatives and invites all interested collaborators to join in bringing this Systems Strategy to life.
Three guiding principles inform all of the complex choices and strategic trade-offs called for in the Systems Strategy.
Principle 1: Self-Determination
Self-determination recognizes the central authority that both national governments and individuals have in making decisions over their own future.
This principle is central to how the Strategy considers the role of both national governments and households in the ecosystem. A Strategy grounded in leadership and ownership by national governments defining their own bold future will be more sustained and actionable. Furthermore, the principle of self-determination is reflected in the placement of users at the center of the Strategy. This acknowledges that all decision making should be shaped by the needs and experiences of users, and we should seek to elevate the user experience and user voices in all processes.
Principle 2: Equitable and Just Outcomes
Equity and justice recognizes the fundamental right for all to cook with healthy, safe and affordable solutions.
The Strategy must be explicit and intentional to ensure all populations – especially the most vulnerable and poorest – can achieve access, and that governments and markets will need to design and deliver solutions that meet the specific needs of each population. For many, this will require a transition to improved solutions, and ultimately to clean and climate compatible solutions. These transitions must be centered on equity and justice for all households, ensuring that clean solutions are ultimately accessible to all. Furthermore, we recognize that where there are competing priorities across important dimensions of human health, economic development, and climate stability, we must not choose pathways that put the greatest burden on the poorest or most vulnerable.
Principle 3: Systemic Thinking
The Strategy takes a systems approach to advance big solutions that are at the scale and reach of the challenges they are designed to address.
This requires doing more with our collective resources, and finding ways to better coordinate and collaborate around shared priorities. A systems approach requires understanding how the system operates as a whole and connects with other systems, and understanding root causes of challenges so that solutions begin to shift underlying power dynamics, incentives, and mindsets. All of this is needed to transform the systems that deliver clean cooking solutions to households and institutions. The Strategy aims to dismantle the negative reinforcing cycles of zero-sum competition and underlying scarcity mindsets, and replace them with more positive cycles that expand resources and attention towards clean cooking. This is done in part by elevating clean cooking as fundamental to achieving the climate, health and gender goals of national governments and the broader international community.
Pathway 1: National governments leading clean cooking transitions
Empower and support national governments to lead clean cooking transitions.
National champions are elevated and given mandates and resources to deliver. Local and global partners support implementation of national plans, accelerating tangible results for people, businesses, and political champions. Success paves the way for greater ambition over time.
Pathway 2: Households demanding clean solutions that meet their needs
Elevate household aspirations and demand through programs and solutions that better meet user needs.
Households increasingly recognize the value of clean cooking solutions for themselves and their communities. Enterprises and investors become more attuned to and address the needs and cooking behaviours of users.
Pathway 3: Sustainable markets delivering clean and affordable solutions
Develop sustainable markets that deliver clean and affordable solutions.
Good policies and redoubled investment drive new breakthroughs in affordability that expand market access for clean solutions. The quality and performance of existing affordable solutions, namely improved stoves and fuels, continue to improve, enabling a cleaner cooking experience for all consumers.
Pathway 4: Leaving no households out of the clean cooking transition
Ensure no households are left behind.
National and international commitments to meeting the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable households are elevated, with appropriate policies and subsidies mobilized to enable sustained access and usage for all.
Pathways to achieving SDG7 by 2030
Transforming the energy ecosystem to better serve the cooking needs of households and institutions requires making significant and sustained progress across four critical and interconnected pathways. Success will require bold leadership by champions within government to drive implementation of comprehensive national cooking transitions that are centered on user needs and aspirations, as well as policies and investments that promote both market-based and non-market-based solutions.
Three enablers speak to the mindsets and collective resources needed to accelerate progress towards universal access. The solutions proposed in the Strategy are grounded in one or more of these enablers.
Enabler 1: A culture of data and knowledge sharing, and adaptive learning
Promote data and knowledge sharing and adaptive learning to better inform policy making, funding priorities and innovation around solutions that better reflect the needs and aspirations of users.
This includes building on some exciting data initiatives that exist today, expanding knowledge creation and sharing, and establishing a culture that enables innovation. This also means embracing and learning from failure as an important part of the innovation process.
Enabler 2: New and louder voices to champion clean cooking
Activate new voices to participate as influencers, champions, and funders.
This includes building a community of allies from adjacent spaces that can champion clean cooking, engaging more local voices from the communities where clean cooking access needs to be expanded, and supporting more clean cooking champions within government.
Enabler 3: Larger pools of funding and financing
Unlock new pools of funding and financing for critical investments in innovation and risk-taking, to enable more equitable access, and to scale up successes.
Achieving universal access by 2030 is estimated to require US$10 billion a year. While this will require many types of funding and financing – from both the public sector and private sector – there are a few high-potential areas that we have focused on in the Strategy.