GACC Launches Catalytic Small Grant Program in Nigeria!

GACC Launches Catalytic Small Grant Program in Nigeria!

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) with funding support from Shell launched a Catalytic Small Grant Program (CSG) in Nigeria. The CSG is one of GACC financial windows aimed at creating a thriving clean cookstoves market in their priority countries which includes Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, China, Guatemala and India. Prior to launching a CSG in a country, a Boost workshop is usually organised to train early-stage clean cookstoves and Fuel companies on how to articulate and document their business plans so they can be better positioned to attract funding, improve their businesses as well as compete for the CSG. The Boost Workshop is usually a two day in-person workshop with modules on social impact model, target market and value proposition, marketing, sales and partnerships, financial model and growth strategy. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) and the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) housed at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Wennovation Hub and with support from Shell Nigeria hosted the “Boost Workshop” on Wednesday and Thursday, January 25-26, 2017. During the workshop, clean cookstoves entrepreneurs were equipped with tools to apply for future grants, investments, awards, and capacity development programs. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) received 57 applications and shortlisted 17 to attend the Boost workshop. Participants worked through a series of “learn by doing” modules that enabled entrepreneurs to learn concepts while they developed business plan elements specific to their social enterprise. During the workshop, every social entrepreneur presented an executive summary they created using the output of all the exercises....
Call for Expression of Interest for Stove businesses

Call for Expression of Interest for Stove businesses

The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) is leading the Cookstove Component of an EU funded Project in 7 Local Government Areas in Katsina. The cookstove component of the project has an overall aim of producing and disseminating 35,000 stoves to households within the duration of the project. This call for Expression of Interest is aimed at Fuel Efficient Stove producers to participate in the production of these stoves so as to meet the 35,000 target. CLOSING DATE: February 28, 2017, 5.00 PM. Eligibility criteria • Extensive knowledge of efficient household and institutional biomass cookstoves • Demonstrated competence in the production of highly efficient household and/or institutional biomass stoves using locally available materials • Demonstrated competence in the dissemination of highly efficient household and/or institutional biomass stoves • Provide evidence for the dissemination of at least 1,000 locally produced household and/or institutional biomass stoves in the last 2 years • Demonstrated ability to set up operations in north-west Nigeria Prospective Stove Producers should fill the Expression of Interest form using the following link http://bit.ly/EOI-Form Completed forms should be submitted together with the following documents: • Brief presentation of your company, including availability of appropriate capacities and skills among staff • Reference list demonstrating experience with similar assignments & conditions in concerned geographic areas. • Contact information about your organization The Expression of Interest and accompanying documents must be received by ICEED not later than 28/02 /2017. Interested Stove Producers should send their accompanying documents to info@iceednigeria.org and adedamola@iceednigeria.org and it should clearly indicate EOI FOR STOVE PRODUCTION AND DISSEMINATION IN KATSINA STATE. For more information, please contact...
New Dawn for Clean Cooking Industry in Nigeria

New Dawn for Clean Cooking Industry in Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Environment in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves organized a one-day Clean Cooking Forum on Monday 28 November 2016 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. The forum brought together over 150 participants including key policymakers, private sector leaders, development partners and civil society stakeholders to reposition Nigeria’s strategy for clean cooking – achieving clean cooking energy for all Nigerians. In Nigeria, over 20 million households and about 122 million Nigerians depend primarily on wood as a source of fuel for cooking. This is despite the abundance of modern cooking energy sources including natural gas. This traditional cooking method is expensive, has negative impact on health and contributes to deforestation. In North East Nigeria, IDPs are facing severe challenges in meeting their basic needs including access to cooking energy and fuels. Fetching of firewood around camps and host communities often lead to conflict and increases the chance of gender-based violence against women. In her opening remarks, the Honourable Minister for Environment, Amina Mohammed reiterated the growing challenge of climate change and noted that IDPs and refugees suffer the most energy poverty in Nigeria. Therefore, providing access to energy for them will be a key element that will facilitate their return home. The President of the Senate in his keynote address further pledged the willingness and readiness of the National Assembly to support and pass laws that will promote clean cooking in the country which is in line with the “Made in Nigeria” campaign. Key resolutions at the forum are: Launch a behavioural change/awareness campaign for clean and efficient cookstoves in the country; set up...
New study finds clean cookstoves may improve women’s heart health

New study finds clean cookstoves may improve women’s heart health

Shifting from a cookstove that burns traditional woodfuel to a stove that uses a cleaner-burning fuel such as ethanol may mitigate cardiovascular health risks in pregnant women, according to a new study led by a team from the University of Chicago. The study, which evaluated 324 pregnant women in Nigeria, monitored the impact of transitioning from traditional firewood or kerosene cookstoves to ethanol-burning stoves on biomarkers of systemic inflammation (indicators of cardiovascular disease) in women from their first to third trimesters of pregnancy. “What’s remarkable about the study is that shifting from traditional cooking with firewood to clean fuels, including ethanol, may improve women’s cardiovascular health” said Dr. Christopher Olopade, Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Chicago, which led the research. “We also found that the women preferred to use the new ethanol stoves, so much so that over 80% are still using their ethanol stoves upon completion of the study.” Read...
New Dawn for Clean Cooking Industry in Nigeria – Press Release

New Dawn for Clean Cooking Industry in Nigeria – Press Release

Stakeholders deliberate to reposition the clean cooking industry and address access to clean cooking energy for all Abuja, The Federal Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves organised the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2016. The event was held on Monday 28 November 2016 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The Forum reviewed existing policies and programmes on cooking energy, took stock of lessons learned, proffered gaps to be filled and opportunities to be accessed in the clean cooking industry. Nigerians suffer a “silent” energy crisis – poor access to clean cooking energy. Over 20 million households and about 122 million Nigerians depend on primarily wood as a source of fuel for cooking. This is despite the abundance of modern cooking energy sources including natural gas. According to the WHO report on use of fuelwood, traditional use of firewood is estimated to cause 95,000 deaths annually in Nigeria. After malaria and HIV/AIDS, this is Nigeria’s third highest killer of mostly women and children. The traditional cooking method is expensive, burning up to 90% more wood than is necessary and costing poor families money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. Even though the country is one of the world’s largest exporters of LPG, most Nigerian households rely on firewood for cooking. The cooking energy poverty is felt most among persons who are affected by internal and external crisis such as refugees and internally displaced persons. In North East Nigeria, persons displaced by the Boko Haram crisis are facing severe challenges in meeting their basic needs including access to cooking energy and...
Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum

Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum

The Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum is slated for Monday, November 28, 2016. This year’s edition is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Attendance is free but registration is compulsory. To attend or exhibit at this event, kindly register here. Spaces are very limited therefore admittance to this event will be on a first come, first serve basis. We look forward to welcoming you at the...