The 2015 Clean Cooking Forum, November 10-13, was the largest international biennial gathering of professionals working to advance the clean cooking sector. Hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana, this Forum brought together more than 500 global leaders from the private sector, government, finance, civil society, academia, the UN, and Development Banks, for four days of informative sessions, plenaries, networking, site visits, and clean cooking demonstrations. The Forum theme Accelerating Markets. Scaling Solutions. marked the Alliance’s 5th Anniversary and convened global stakeholders to share best practices and business models, forge new partnerships, and strengthen the sector toward a 100 million household clean cooking adoption goal by 2020.
The Alliance was pleased to hold this year’s Forum in Ghana, where the national commitment to clean cooking is strong and where government, private sector, and civil society partners are working collaboratively to spur a thriving local market for clean cookstoves and fuels. We were fortunate to have Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hanna Tetteh as co-host of this year’s event, as well as the support of the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GHACCO), who helped showcase their sector’s technical innovation, market growth and future potential.
The 2015 Clean Cooking Forum offered partners an opportunity to come together with others in the sector, learn practical ways to further grow enterprises and expand markets, and establish partnerships to further individual and collective efforts. Participants had the chance to learn about new Alliance programs to raise awareness of the benefits of clean cooking and drive demand for cleaner cookstoves and fuels toward a world in which cooking shouldn’t kill.
We were very happy to see so many of you in Ghana in November!