We look at how Rwanda is increasing access to clean cooking solutions for the country, highlighting what can be done with political will and private sector mobilization.
The number of people without clean cooking access is rising in Sub-Saharan Africa, increasing by 275 million over the last several years. There are now 860 million people in the region who do not cook cleanly, which accounts for about 70 percent of Africa’s population. This is an issue for health, productivity and unfairly penalizes women.
As set out in our report Energizing Finance: Understanding the Landscape 2018 finance for clean cooking dropped 5% from USD 32 million in 2013-14 to USD 30 million in 2015-16. This investment is a tiny percentage of the USD 4.4 billion annual investment needed by 2030 to address a problem faced by three billion people, highlighting the pressing need for dedicated and accelerated action.
Finance for clean cooking access in the 20 high-impact countries
Percentage of population without access to clean cooking, total finance tracked in 2015-16 (in USD million) and changes from 2013-14
Source: Access figures based on World Bank Indicators.
There is a need for governments and businesses to help develop bigger and sustainable markets that provide clean cooking fuels, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), ethanol and clean burning wood pellets, as well as clean technologies such as improved cooking stoves.
The latest Tracking SDG7: Energy Progress Report provides additional examples of how countries are using market-based strategies to reach more people more quickly with clean cooking fuels and technologies. Among them is Cameroon, which has doubled its clean cooking access numbers in the past decade, with 20 percent of the population now cooking with LPG stoves and a goal of reaching 50 percent by 2030. Indonesia and Bangladesh have made similar gains with LPG-focused national strategies.
This film was produced by Sustainable Energy for All with financial support of the European Union.