Stakeholders across clean cooking systems have highlighted the need for a more coordinated strategy to drive greater collaboration and alignment toward shared goals. In response to this call for action, the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) is leading a system-wide strategy process to accelerate universal access to clean cooking solutions. Launched in mid-2020 and expected to continue into early 2021, the Clean Cooking Systems Strategy (CCSS) aims to secure commitment and mobilize collective action toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 - access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. An important goal of the process is to develop a strategy that reflects the needs of relevant stakeholders across the clean cooking ecosystem.

To this end, the CCSS development process is using a co-creative approach to foster collective action to deliver the systems-level change needed to achieve clean cooking transitions. This systems approach helps ensure the strategy will be responsive to the evolving needs of a diverse group of stakeholders within the clean cooking ecosystem and other relevant sectors.

The strategy seeks to answer three important questions:

How do we understand the clean cooking system’s current state and structure?
How does the system need to transform to be more effective?
How can a strategy best serve to guide and support these transformations?

The initial phase of work focused on addressing the first question above. Before identifying ways in which the ecosystem might change, we wanted to first understand the current state of the clean cooking system - the actors involved, how they relate and the systemic challenges that hinder progress. To this end, we conducted in-depth interviews with over 75 stakeholders both inside and external to the clean cooking system. Knowing we couldn’t speak to everyone, we tried to engage a broad range of stakeholders, including enterprises, donors, national governments, research institutions, NGOs and market enablers. We also spoke to actors from adjacent sectors (e.g. global health, food & nutrition), as well as systems thinkers, adding further vantage points from which to understand the clean cooking ecosystem.

The next phase of work will focus on bringing together stakeholders to identify and develop priority transformations the system should make in order to scale its impact. We expect to leverage materials from the first phase (i.e. the Clean Cooking Ecosystem and Current Challenges) as well as the expert knowledge of those involved. The final phase of the project will focus on testing and iterating the CCSS and supporting tools, as well as disseminating roadmaps to facilitate implementation across the ecosystem.

Phases of the strategy process

  • Phase 1


    Exploration of the current state of the ecosystem

    In-depth stakeholder engagement to better understand systemic challenges and opportunities within the clean cooking system

    Synthesis of user research and insights into strategy outputs to be shared with and used by the broader ecosystem

  • Phase 2

    Articulation of the future state

    Stakeholder consultations and workshops to explore and define the future state

    Identification of critical transformations to help the ecosystem achieve universal access to clean cooking

  • Phase 3

    Early 2021

    Initial implementation of Systems Strategy

    Extensive testing and iteration of strategy and supporting tools to help implement high priority transformations

    Dissemination of initial roadmaps to broader ecosystem to facilitate implementation of Systems Strategy