Program – Full Style

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Day 1
23 Oct 2017

India Clean Cooking Mini-Forum

The India clean cooking session will assess the current state of the Indian clean cooking sector in the context of recent technology developments and policy initiatives. Practitioners, ministry representatives, and other...
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Biogas Roundatable

Pre-registration required.

Cooking 101 – For Those New to the Sector

Open to both new and experienced partners, Cooking 101 will provide a broad overview of the clean cooking sector’s efforts to build a healthier, more sustainable market. This session will...
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Day 2
24 Oct 2017

The Path to Scale for Last-Mile Distributors

This session will be facilitated by Practical Action and involve an interactive discussion with a panel of last mile distributors to identify and dissect best and worse practices – with...
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Women’s Energy Entrepreneurship Breakfast

This session will facilitate a discussion among participants about their work in women’s energy entrepreneurship and allow for informal sharing of best practices, lessons on how to succeed in the sector,...
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Multi-Tiered Framework – Update on Next Steps

Ensuring universal access to energy (SDG7) includes the facilitation of access to modern cooking energy services. To measure and monitor access to energy, the World Bank (WB) and partners have...
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Opening Plenary: Welcome Remarks and State of the Sector

Welcome and opening remarks by senior Indian government officials, followed by remarks from the Alliance CEO on the current state of the sector and acceptance of clean cooking as a...
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Plenary: From Push to Pull: How to Make Clean Cookstoves and Fuels Consumer-Driven Products

Creating demand for clean cooking products at scale is a longstanding challenge within the sector.  This plenary panel discussion will examine how companies in the fast-moving goods sector have turned...
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Transition Scenarios: Moving Toward Clean Cookstoves and Fuels

This interactive session will set the stage for a broader discussion among the sector to develop possible transition scenarios for advancing access to clean cookstoves and fuels, building on existing...
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Is Aspiration the Name of the Game for Driving Demand? Emerging Evidence from Behavior Change Communications Campaigns

This session will feature an informal panel of representatives from Alliance-supported behavior change communication campaigns launched in 2017. These interventions are delivering impactful, evidence-based communications aimed at influencing consumer purchasing...
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Disruptive Innovation to Make Clean Fuels More Accessible to the Other 3 Billion

A panel discussion emphasizing both the technical and business aspects of disruptive innovations focused on increasing supply, accessibility, and affordability of clean fuels and technologies. Speakers will discuss innovations ranging...
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Closing the Gap: How Clean Cooking Can Address Time Poverty

Recent studies from McKinsey, Gates, and others suggest that to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality we must address the unpaid care work burden of women and girls. A significant...
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South-South Transfer of Knowledge on Clean Cooking: How China and India are Helping Scale the Sector

Government representatives from India and China – the two largest cookstove markets – will share their insights on how government-led clean cooking/stove programs can help scale clean solutions for the...
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Gaining and Retaining Customers: Lessons Learned from the Sector

In this session, representatives from cookstove and fuel enterprises will discuss their experiences in building their brands, attracting customers, and retaining customers through after-sales service and ongoing engagement. Presenters will...
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Driving Technology Improvement: Standards, Labeling, and Technology Selection

Sector stakeholders benefit from a common terminology for evaluating and improving cookstove and fuel performance and adoption. Standards can compare technologies and determine whether they meet user needs and whether...
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Improving Air Quality: The Role of Clean Cooking

In many parts of the world, household energy consumption accounts for up to 30% of ambient air pollution. This session will discuss the role that reducing emissions from household air...
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Experiences from the Trenches: Lessons from Female CEOs in the Clean Cooking Sector

Women are the fastest growing cohort of entrepreneurs and business owners in the developing world, and women’s involvement in the sector can spur wider delivery of goods and services. This...
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Day 3
25 Oct 2017

National Alliances Meeting

A group discussion among representatives from national alliances to explore how mainstreaming clean cooking can strengthen the sector and help attract low cost investment capital.

Plenary: Designing Investments to Drive Market Growth – Perspectives from Donors and Investors

This Plenary will include panelists from the donor and private sector investor perspectives who will help explore the dynamics of market creation using grant and concessional capital, with the goal...
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Raising Seed and Early-Stage Equity from Friends, Family, and Angel Investors

A panel discussion about best practices and pitfalls to avoid when trying to attract early-stage financing from angels, impact investors and other risk capital providers. Panelists will include a cross...
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Hackathon for Measuring Market Health

A fast-paced interactive session where participants will work together to develop innovative tools and indicators for measuring the state of the clean cooking sector and assessing market health given the...
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Scaling the Sector: How New Actors are Integrating Clean Cooking into their Programming

The cookstoves and fuels sector continues to evolve as a range of new organizations from large international NGOs, to UN agencies, to corporations launch clean cooking initiatives to drive health,...
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Designing for Performance, Usability, and Manufacturing

For 100 million households to adopt clean and/or efficient stoves and fuels, the sector requires products that meet users’ cooking needs, have low emissions and high fuel efficiency, and are...
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Addressing the Affordability Gap: Innovations in Consumer Financing for Clean Cooking Solutions

A panel discussion involving financial institutions, last-mile distributors, and other relevant parties involved in extending credit to consumers to enable them to purchase products too expensive to purchase outright. The...
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Market-Based Cooking Interventions in Humanitarian Settings – What are the Conditions for Success?

As the international aid community struggles to cope with record levels of human displacement, more organizations are assessing the viability of market-based approaches – cash transfers, vouchers, carbon financing, revolving...
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Doors Wide Shut: How to Attract Debt as an Early Stage Enterprise

This session will address the common conundrum faced by early-stage social enterprises: the challenge in raising equity growth capital, when debt is nearly off-limits until your business is stable and...
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Myths, Reality, and the Future of Charcoal and their Environmental Impacts

This session will contribute to the discourse on charcoal and its contribution to forest degradation, offer examples on designing interventions that work within existing charcoal supply chains, and discuss production...
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Case Studies on Accelerating Clean Fuels: Lessons from the NIH Implementation Science Network

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has developed an implementation science network (ISN) to advance our understanding of how to improve the uptake and appropriate use of evidence-based clean cooking...
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Scaling Markets for Clean Cooking: What Can We Learn from the Off-Grid Solar Sector

The two main uses of energy for base of the pyramid households are electricity and cooking. While businesses that are providing distributed electrification solutions are attracting massive amounts of capital,...
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Approaches to Evaluating Impacts in the Clean Cooking Sector

This session will provide an overview of techniques for monitoring and evaluating progress on achieving impacts of clean cooking adoption. Topics to be addressed include: approaches to evaluating behavior change...
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Raising the Profile of Your Work via Media and Narrative Story-Telling

Today’s digitally-driven world is full of noise and distractions. And convincing the right people to pay attention to you and your work can often seem impossible. But having a good...
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Day 4
26 Oct 2017

Using the Latest Tools to Demonstrate Clean Cooking Benefits

For the first time, there is a common language for the measurement, analysis, and reporting of social impacts related to clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels – including women’s empowerment...
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Plenary: Delivering Large Scale Impact through Policy – Lessons for Governments

While vibrant markets are necessary to scale clean cooking solutions, a strong enabling policy framework and government commitments to addressing the lack of access to clean cooking are also critical...
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PV Solar for Cooking: State of the Technology and How to Address Remaining Barriers

This session will explore the latest technologies and cost-reduction advances in PV solar systems. Panelists will discuss the needed parallel processes for research and piloting in order to design a...
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Clean Cooking for Health: Separating the Noise from the Truth

Cooking behaviors are culturally engrained, resource-constrained, and a strong force of habit with a myriad of health consequences. Research on the effectiveness of clean cooking interventions for improving health in...
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The Role of National Alliances in Building Markets for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels

A panel discussion to explore the best role for national alliance in strengthening local markets for clean cookstoves and fuels and addressing the needs of their member. Conversations will also...
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Cooking for Crisis-Affected People: Lessons from the Nepal Earthquake and Beyond

In 2015, the Alliance mobilized the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Working Group to coordinate the delivery of over 86,000 cookstoves, solar lamps, chargers, and other energy...
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Beyond Carbon: Results-Based Financing to Achieve the SDGs

A panel discussion of interest to project developers, investors, and outcome payers/funders (bilateral, foundation, etc.). Speakers will address successes and challenges related to various results-based finance mechanisms such as the...
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Stove Procurement in Humanitarian Agencies – Existing Guidelines, Suppliers, and Resources

As humanitarian aid organizations increasingly recognize the importance of providing cookstoves and fuel to crisis-affected people, many are asking which products to procure, where to purchase them, and how to...
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Developing National Roadmaps for Clean Cooking: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach

Developing a comprehensive national clean cooking strategy that reflects the perspectives of all stakeholders—government, private sector, civil society, and NGOs—is a significant undertaking with many challenges. Case studies from four...
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Closing Plenary: Champions – New and Current Voices in Support of Clean Cooking

Having the right champions in your corner can be the difference between failure and success. Influential supporters can help raise awareness, boost engagement and partnerships, and create opportunities for your...
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