Accelerating Impact IndustriesNovember 15, 2016 - July 15, 2017
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance) is a public private partnership hosted by the United Nations foundation that aims to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating an efficient and thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance’s goal is to facilitate the creation of a market that enables 100 million households in developing countries to access clean cooking solutions by 2020. Given growing interesting in understanding the opportunity for continued sustainable, scalable growth, it is now a critical time for the Alliance to reflect on what has worked and why, what has been less successful and the associated implications, and how these outcomes might be translated into lessons learned and strategic options for the Alliance as well as other organizations interested in a global approach to market creation in low income settings.
The purpose of this project was to review and document the lessons learned by the Alliance since its inception. More specifically, WDI sought to identify, through interview with staff and partners in Washington, D.C., Kenya, and Bangladesh, which of the Alliance’s efforts focused on building the market for clean cooking solutions have worked, which of these efforts have been less successful, and how these outcomes might be translated into lessons learned and strategic options for the Alliance. We also sought to develop insights that could be beneficial for other organizations interested in a global approach to market creation in low income settings.
This work also resulted in the development of a conceptual framework for how to accelerate impact industries. This framework provides a model of industry acceleration within which impact industry accelerators such as the Alliance can most effectively plan and sequence their activities and those of other stakeholders. It allows impact industry accelerators like the Alliance to assess an industry’s current state, compare this to a desired future state, and prioritize and sequence investments accordingly. This framework will be the subject of a forthcoming publication in 2018.