The Gender Online Knowledge Hub of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) critically helps to promote the crucial role that empowered women and women entrepreneurs play across the clean cooking value chain.
The Alliance held several trainings and workshops (in-person and online) on the Resource Guide and the tools featured on the gender online hub to build capacity of partners on gender best practices to increase empowerment impacts. We directly trained 240 people, approximately half of which were women.
Estimated girls & women affected
Each partner that attended a training is a representative from an implementing organization. A conservative estimate is that each participant works with at least 10 women entrepreneurs and reaches 1,000 users (some reach many more), so indirectly, by building the capacity of these participants, nearly 250,000 women are impacted through more effective and successful programming. Additionally, those who visited the website to access its resources, downloaded the Resource Guide or any of the tools online, and/or received a hard copy of the Resource Guide itself were indirectly impacted by this work.
Estimated community members affected
The Gender Online Knowledge Hub of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) critically helps to promote the crucial role that empowered women and women entrepreneurs play across the clean cooking value chain. The Hub houses the best practices, resources, and tools identified in the Alliance’s Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions for Women’s Empowerment: A Resource Guide. The Guide and the Hub are accessible for a wide variety of sector stakeholders – including practitioners, donors, policymakers, multinational corporations, investors, and academic institutions – to increase their ability to include and empower women in every clean cooking value chain segment. Since it was launched in September 2013, the Hub has been viewed 3,127 times. The Alliance recently redeveloped its website and did a “soft launch” in January 2015. We fully expect the website’s new design to make it easier for users to access the Hub. In order to share the Guide widely, we conducted trainings for stakeholders online and in Colombia, Peru, Kenya, India, and Ghana.
We have seen a very high demand from our partners for the tools available on the online hub, the Resource Guide itself, and for the in-person trainings to learn more about the best practices. In fact, over the past year, the no. of partners working to apply a gender lens over their business models has increased..We are now developing other resources similar to the Guide on other topics to ensure women entrepreneurs are properly trained and their leadership skills are increased.-Corinne Hart,GACC
Risks and challenges
When the Hub was launched, it was housed on a platform compatible with the Alliance website. This platform was challenging to ensure that users were aware of new documents and resources. More recently, the Alliance developed an entirely new website that was launched in January 2015. The new website makes it easier for users to access the Hub and other Alliance resources. In order to meet the new website launch deadline, there were a number of web pages that required additional time to develop that the Alliance put on hold, including the Hub. Currently, the Alliance is in the process of developing the web page for the Hub on our new website. The Alliance estimates that the Hub will return to full accessibility by April 1, 2015.
What we’ve learned
In order to ensure that useful resources like the Guide and the tools featured on the gender hub, the Alliance needed to go in country and work with the participants directly. We found this to be an incredibly effective mechanism for sharing the tools and resources.
The Hub will re-launch on the Alliance’s new website by April 1, 2015. The Alliance will continue to promote the Hub to partners to ensure that the sector understands the crucial role that empowered women and women entrepreneurs play across the clean cooking value chain. Building off of the success and lessons from the Hub, the Alliance will launch another web page to house our second resource guide, the Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook, modeled after the Hub.
Amount spent so far
The Resource Guide is featured in Boiling Point Issue 64, a practitioners journal on household energy, stoves, and poverty reduction, in the article titled, “Overcoming barriers to clean cookstove and fuel adoption: Why and how women must be integrated throughout the value chain” by Corinne Hart and Genevieve Macfarlane Smith: http://www.hedon.info/BP64_OvercomingBarriersToCleanCookstoveAndFuelAdoption?bl=y
Women’s empowerment is critical in achieving clean cooking solutions globally
June 5, 2014
Women, as the primary cooks in their homes, are responsible for ensuring that their families have enough fuel for cooking, lighting, and heating. They play a crucial role in the global adoption and use of clean cooking solutions. Thanks to your support, the Gender Online Knowledge Hub of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is helping to promote the crucial role that empowered women and entrepreneurs play in the clean cooking value chain.
The Hub currently houses the best practices, resources, and tools identified in the Alliance’s Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions for Women’s Empowerment Resource Guide. The Guide and the Hub are accessible for a wide variety of sector stakeholders – including practitioners, donors, policymakers, multinational corporations, investors, and academic institutions – to increase their ability to include and empower women in every clean cooking value chain segment. The Hub has been viewed approximately 2,000 times.
Risks and challenges
Developing the Hub and ensuring its ease of use for all interested stakeholders was initially a challenge. This was further complicated by the fact that the Alliance was shifting its online platform during the time it was being launched. As a result, there were some difficulties in developing the hub and formatting it correctly. To help access the current tools, users are taken to an alternate platform (Box.net) that contains folders with downloadable documents. We’re aware that this current set-up could be simplified. As it stands, it can be challenging to ensure that users are aware of new documents and resources. However, we expect views to increase once the reorganization of the site is complete.
Corinne Hart, Program Manager of Gender and Markets at the Alliance, says, “This is a unique and much-needed online resource, which provides our partners around the world with access to best practices and tools that help them strengthen women’s empowerment, by increasing adoption of clean cooking solutions, and improving women’s lives as entrepreneurs.”
The Hub houses over 50 resources, including various tools and reports. The value chain sections of the Hub are continually being updated with new tools regarding best practices that have emerged globally. Additionally, the Hub provides access to research charts, case studies, and resources that continue to be updated.
The Alliance is on track to complete the project.
The Alliance’s Resource Guide and Hub have been referenced among various sources and by leading international development, gender, and energy organizations including: SciDev, Hedon, Washplus, the Energy-l Digest, and the InterAgency Gender Working Group.
Photo credits: Raymond Ochieng and Rite Multimedia
Support the promotion of clean cookstoves through an online resource for a global audience.
Why we care: For many women in developing countries, cooking is deadly, illness- or injury-inducing, or wastes precious time that could be used more productively. Household air pollution from cookstove smoke is the 4th greatest health risk in the world according to the Global Burden of Disease Study.
How we’re solving this: Creating an Online Knowledge Hub to enable our partners to empower women to use clean cookstoves.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) has been at the forefront of recent efforts to transform the cookstove and fuel sector by creating a global market for clean, safe, efficient and affordable cooking products, and has set an ambitious goal of 100 million households adopting clean cooking solutions by the year 2020. The need is great: 3 billion people rely on solid fuels – including wood, charcoal, coal, and animal waste – to cook their food every day that, when burned, cause a range of health and environmental impacts that claim 4 million lives annually – primarily among women and children.
Women play a crucial role in the global adoption and use of clean cooking solutions because in most developing countries, they have the primary responsibilities of cooking and ensuring their families have enough fuel to cook, light and heat their homes. The Alliance recognizes that without a robust understanding surrounding gender issues and opportunities, the adoption and sustained use of clean cookstoves and fuels will fall flat. Currently, efforts to invest in women and integrate gender issues in the clean cookstove and fuel sector remain fragmented and in pilot phases, hindering our goal. In order to increase the success of cookstove and fuel initiatives, the Alliance is developing an Online Knowledge Hub, which will increase global integration of gender and women’s empowerment and fill a critical gap on the way to achieving our goal.
The Online Knowledge Hub will:
- build the capacity of our partners to more effectively empower women and mainstream gender in cookstove and fuel enterprises and initiatives;
- provide access to the latest research and evidence;
- create linkages and opportunities for partnerships;
- and offer interactive tools and resources.
The resources on the platform will include practical guidance for practitioners on how to increase the number of women engaged in their program. It will also contain surveys, checklists and guidelines that they can directly use in the field. There will be interactive maps that demonstrate where successful projects are taking place and which technologies they are using, discussion forums and tools to link to practitioners and experts all over the world, and e-courses and webinars so people can increase their knowledge directly from their computers. The Online Knowledge Hub resources will allow cookstove and fuel programs to reach and engage women to achieve sustained adoption and use of healthier cookstove technology.
The Alliance will use the funding to conduct research to develop cutting-edge content and to deliver the latest and most innovative techniques in assuring women are empowered through clean cooking solutions. Alliance staff will create and maintain the content, as well as develop the tools. This project will support a web developer to create a state-of-the-art website that is easy-to-use and accessible to people all over the world. Help ensure that the Alliance’s motto, cooking shouldn’t kill, becomes a reality in our lifetime.