Funding Opportunities

Unreasonable Fellowships - Africa, Global, Mexico

Non-Alliance

Open

We are replicating a model that has been successfully done by the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder. Early in 2013, we held two trial “start up weekend style” events in Kampala and Nairobi dubbed “BeUnreasonable Weekends” to taste how the successful Unreasonable Institute model would work and to give entrepreneurs a taste of the Unreasonable Institute experience.

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Fellowships: Seeking the World's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs

Non-Alliance

Open

Are you ready to commit to your big, bold idea for positive social change? Join over 600 social entrepreneurs in the Echoing Green Fellowships, driving change in over sixty countries around the world.

Successful applicants not only present an innovative way of addressing social issues, but also explain why they as individuals have what it takes to succeed. Echoing Green is not a grant-making organization. We are a fellowship program because we believe in the importance of the individual social entrepreneur as well as his/her project.  As such, we look at both the applicant and the applicant’s idea.

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Indonesia Clean Stove Initiative Calling For Market Aggregator

Non-Alliance

Open

The Indonesia Clean Stove Initiative (CSI) is a collaborative effort between the Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia, and the World Bank. It aims to scale up access to clean and efficient cooking in Indonesia,with focus on the 40% population who still rely on traditional biomass for cooking.

To support the CSI, a pilot program is being launched with the following objectives: to pilot the results based financing (RBF) approach and to generate lessons learned for the future national scale-up that aims to achieve universal access to clean cooking in Indonesia.

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Expressions of Interest: Africa Clean Cooking Energy Solutions (ACCES) - Uganda

Non-Alliance

Open


The World Bank has requested Expressions of Interest (EoI) for participating in a combined (i) Willingness to Pay and Consumer Acceptance (WTP/CA) assessment and (ii) longitudinal durability trial of selected biomass cookstoves in Uganda, funded by the Africa Renewable Energy and Access program (AFREA).

The assessment and trial will inform the design and implementation of a competitive support scheme to help Ugandan distributors enhance consumer access to best-in-class clean and fuel-efficient cookstoves made locally or internationally. This EoI initiates the first phase of a two-stage selection process by which up to six manufacturers’ products will be pre-selected.

The deadline for EoI submissions is January 15, 2015.

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TOR: Guatemala Consumer Segmentation Study

Alliance

Closed

The Alliance is seeking a qualified firm to conduct a consumer segmentation study of the Guatemalan market for clean cookstoves and fuels. The objective of the study is to identify “early adopter” segments in Guatemala and gather insights around demand related drivers that can be translated into the design of demand enhancing activities. Analysis and findings should examine each aspect of the traditional “4Ps (product, price, place and promotion) marketing mix, incorporating the influence of cultural and contextual factors throughout. These findings will be used to develop detailed profiles of each segment and recommendations for demand enhancing strategies for addressing each.In addition, given the significance of affordability as a barrier to the adoption of cleaner stoves and fuels in Guatemala, the firm will also conduct research on consumer finance models, including potential providers of financing and delivery methods, for cleaner stoves and fuels in Guatemal... Read More

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: SPARK FUND III (RFP 14-4)

Alliance

Open

Overview The Spark Fund seeks to provide investment-like growth capital and capacity development support to help enterprises reach commercial viability, scale, and ultimately unlock additional investments for future growth. The Spark Fund has already successfully awarded two previous rounds of venture grants in 2012 and 2013. The Spark Fund targets the specific capital and capacity development needs of social enterprises that have passed proof-of-concept, are at the venture or growth stage, and are focused on the commercial up-scaling of their operations. As such, enterprises supported by Spark will be:1) Market-based, commercially viable enterprises2) Venture- or growth-stage enterprises that are generating income and are not yet mature enough to access growth capital from traditional investment sources 3) Scalable enterprises with the potential to make a significant contribution to the Alliance’s goal of enabling 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cooking tec... Read More

TOR: Capacity Building Partner for the Catalytic Small Grants Program (Kenya and/or Uganda)

Alliance

Open

Kenya / Uganda The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves seeks proposals from consulting firms to provide capacity building planning and delivery for Kenya and Uganda. This work will be done through 2015 under the Alliance’s new Catalytic Small Grants Program, beginning in January or February. Based on the pilot Catalytic Small Grants Program (CSGP) in Ghana, the Alliance will roll out the CSGP in Kenya and Uganda beginning in January 2015. The Alliance estimates that 6-8 enterprises in each country will undergo investment readiness analysis from which approximately 5 will be selected to receive both a small grant and capacity building support.The Alliance seeks a qualified firm (Capacity Building Partner) to provide capacity building planning and delivery in 2015 for the CSGP in Kenya and Uganda. Interested parties can submit proposals covering either, or both, of these countries. The Alliance has already identified a partner to conduct the investment readiness analysis.The C... Read More

TOR: Capacity Building Partner for the Catalytic Small Grants Program (Bangladesh and/or Guatemala)

Alliance

Open

Bangladesh / Guatemala The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves seeks proposals from consulting firms to provide capacity building planning and delivery, as well as grant management support, in Bangladesh and Guatemala. This work will be done through 2015 under the Alliance’s new Catalytic Small Grants Program, beginning in January or February. Based on the pilot Catalytic Small Grants Program (CSGP) in Ghana, the Alliance will roll out the CSGP in Bangladesh and Guatemala beginning in January 2015. The Alliance estimates that 6-8 enterprises in each country will undergo investment readiness analysis from which approximately 3-4 will be selected to receive both a small grant and capacity building support. The Alliance seeks a qualified firm (Capacity Building Partner) to provide capacity building planning and delivery and grant management support in 2015 for the CSGP in Bangladesh and Guatemala. Interested parties can submit proposals covering either, or both, of these co... Read More

RFP: PILOT INNOVATION FUND III

Alliance

Closed

The Alliance’s Pilot Innovation Fund is a grant facility that aims to provide funding and capacity development assistance to organizations and entrepreneurs to pilot radically game-changing ideas for the clean cooking sector, be it through technological or business model innovation. Technology innovations include (but are not limited to) new developments in cookstoves, fuels, or other improved cooking solutions. Business model innovations include (but are not limited to) payment mechanisms, distribution, and supply chain models.The Pilot Innovation Fund Round III OverviewThe Pilot Innovation Fund (PIF) seeks to catalyze game-changing innovations that can overcome existing barriers to scaling adoption of clean cooking solutions. Target projects supported by PIF will: 1) Seek to develop, pilot and/or market test new, innovative and game-changing technologies and/or business models2) Contribute to strengthening supply and demand for clean cookstoves and fuels in local and global mar... Read More

TOR: Testing Technical Consultant

Alliance

Closed

In November 2013, Bangladesh launched its Country Action Plan for clean cooking solutions. Government and non-government organizations working in Bangladesh developed this strategic action plan together, highlighting these areas as priorities: facilitate access to testing services, expand distribution of cookstoves and fuels, broaden the available technology options in the country, and remain coordinated with clean cooking activities in Bangladesh. The CAP process was led by the Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, GIZ Bangladesh, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Bank provided technical support. The CAP process identified independent laboratory testing services that are accessible to all stakeholders in Bangladesh as a critical goal for the country. Bangladesh stakeholders clearly identified the Bangladesh Council of S... Read More

Echoing Green Fellowship Programs

Non-Alliance

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Rooted in the best life- and work-practices of Echoing Green Fellows, Work on Purpose is a domestic program to help people identify their purpose and put it into action by creating a career with impact.

Echoing Green's Work on Purpose program inspires and equips those in the first decade of their careers to realize their unique way to make a social impact—be it as a nonprofit or social business employee, an artist-activist, an effective board member, a high-impact volunteer, a social entrepreneur, or in any number of other potential roles. Through this program, Echoing Green leverages life and work lessons  from its social entrepreneurship Fellows to provide inspiration and frameworks to support a wide spectrum of young people seeking to make the world a better place in a way that is uniquely right for them.

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AFRICA: Two Commercial Lending Opportunities - Kenya & Nigeria

Non-Alliance

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KENYA: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with a local Kenyan financial institution to catalyze commercial lending to small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), including those working in the cookstove sector. If you are an SME working in Kenya and would like to be considered for a loan at commercial interest rates, please contact Gacoki Gacece from the Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises (FIRM) project at Gacoki_Gacece@dai.com.

NIGERIA: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with a local Nigerian bank to catalyze commercial lending to companies selling clean energy technologies. If you are working in Nigeria’s improved cookstove sector and would like to be considered for a loan at commercial interest rates, please submit your business plan, including details of your debt financing needs, to Megan Rapp at mrapp@usaid.gov for review.

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IDEO.org Seeks 2014-15 Fellowship Candidates

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IDEO.ORG is looking for candidates who have at least 5 years of professional full-time work experience, or a graduate degree plus 3 years of work experience; you may have a professional degree related to business, public policy, international development, economics, finance, or a related field. All candidates should have experience working on the ground with different communities, not just academic exercises. Proficiency in English is a must.Individuals from the business and social sectors who can help our teams deliver great workfor our partner organizations are our ideal candidates. You should be passionate aboutsocial innovation, have experience working in the developing world or with low-incomecommunities, work well in teams, be clear and articulate in describing your ideas, and loveflexing your creative muscles.We’re striving for diversity in our Fellowship Classes. If you are from outside of the U.S.,we’ll help you with the visa application process if you are selected... Read More

RFA: EPA Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities

Non-Alliance

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, announces the posting of the Request for Applications (RFA), Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities. EPA is seeking applications that create knowledge to empower communities and individuals to take action to avoid air pollution exposure, using low-cost portable air pollution sensors. Specifically of interest is research on using low-cost portable sensors to understand and avoid air pollution exposure, on the ways communities and individuals interact with air pollution sensors and their data, on methods for understanding and managing the quality of data from air pollution sensors, and on how sensors and sensor networks compare to existing state-of-the-art air quality monitoring methods.

This RFA supports the National Program, Air, Climate and Energy (ACE), which provides transdisciplinary research, which addresses the complex air quality issues that we face today.  Even though air quality has improved, many continue to suffer from cardiovascular disease, asthma and other health problems that result from air pollution.  One of ACE’s research goals is to assess human and ecosystem exposures and effects caused by air pollutants and climate change.  ACE research also wants to provide data and tools that can help prevent and reduce air pollutant emissions in ways that are sustainable, innovative and cost effective.

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REACT Round 3 Now Accepting Applications

Non-Alliance

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The 3rd Round of the AECF Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies (REACT) window is now accepting applications! To participate in REACT R3 you must:
•    Be a for-profit business
•    Have an innovative business idea in either Renewable Energy or Adaptation to Climate
•    Be willing to invest in one or more of the EAC countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi)
•    Be able to match the funds you are asking AECF to provide

TO APPLY - see link below.

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Supplemental Funding for GEOHealth Hubs

Alliance

Open

The Alliance will provide up to $100,000 in supplemental funding to one or more funded National Institutes of Health Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) which include a focus on household air pollution from cooking and heating with solid fuels (HAP).  Contingent on receipt of a GEOHealth award, supplemental funding from the Alliance could be used to further strengthen ability of funded Hub(s) to conduct HAP-related trainings, facilitate expert convenings, and ensure a sustainable research portfolio.  Groups proposing to focus on strengthening local capacity for exposure assessment are of particular interest.Applicants to both U01 and U2R are eligible to apply.  Funding would be released shortly after announcement of the GEOHealth awards.

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2015 Ashden International Awards open for entries

Non-Alliance

Open

The Ashden Awards – the world’s leading green energy awards scheme – is seeking entries for its 2015 International Awards. Ashden wants to hear from trailblazing sustainable energy enterprises and programmes from the developing world that are increasing access to sustainable energy and improving lives, while protecting the environment. Entry to the awards is free, with up to six winners to receive awards worth up to £40,000 at a prestigious ceremony in London on 11 June 2015. Ashden also provides winners with a wide-ranging package of support, tailor-made to their needs. This includes business mentoring, sales and technical training, introductions to investors, media materials and help with communications.

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Overview of RFP 14-1: Enhancing Capacity of Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers

Alliance

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This Request for Proposals (RFP) is part of the Alliance’s strategy to strengthen the cookstove sector’s ability to evaluate, communicate, and improve performance of cookstoves and fuels and thus improve adoption. The activities supported in this RFP will address gaps in global testing capacity. Support for strengthening existing testing centers will also enhance the network of experts that collaborate globally on testing and cookstove development and that also catalyze regional activities.Through this RFP, the Alliance will be supporting “Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers” (RTKCs) that are providing testing, technology development, and capacity building services. The focus areas for this RFP are 1) fuel testing, 2) emissions testing of black carbon and short lived climate pollutants, 3) quality assurance and data management, and 4) bridging laboratory and field testing with exposure and health research. Proposals may include support for equipment (hard... Read More

NEFCO 2nd Call for Proposals: Purchase of Carbon Credits From Vulnerable CDM Projects

Non-Alliance

Open

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation in its capacity as the facility manager of the NEFCO Norwegian Carbon Procurement Facility (NorCaP) announces a second Call for Proposals.
 
The principal objective of NorCaP is to prevent the reversal of emission reduction activities by procuring credits from projects whose survival or continued emission reductions depend on a higher carbon price than achievable under current market conditions (“vulnerable projects”).
 
Through this process, NEFCO is inviting Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project participants to submit proposals for delivery of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) from registered and commissioned CDM projects and Programmes of Activities (PoAs) that are vulnerable to the current low CER prices. A new feature in this second call is a set-aside of up to 5 million CERs for projects from Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The total volume to be contracted from the second NorCaP CfP is expected to be up to 15 million CERs.
 
In addition, and concurrently with this second NorCaP Call for Proposals, NEFCO is inviting proponents to submit proposals for delivery of CERs from new projects from LDCs, including not yet commissioned and/or registered CDM projects and Programmes of Activities (PoAs) through the NEFCO Carbon Fund (NeCF), a global instrument established in 2008 which is also administered by NEFCO. This part of the joint call will be for procurement of up to 3 million CERs.

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Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) sixth call for proposals (CFP6) - Africa

Non-Alliance

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The EEP CFP6 is open for concept note applications, starting from November 29th. The submission deadline is January 15th, 2014 at 13h00 (South African time, GMT+2).
 
There are two funding windows.

Window 1: Inclusive innovation
For projects at an early stage of implementation, including pre-feasibility, feasibility, demonstrations and small pilot projects. Grants are slightly smaller and the own contribution required from the applicant is also lower.

Window 2: Renewable energy and energy efficiency market creation
For projects that are near-commercial private sector projects, with a greater grant size and leverage expectations. Grants starting from 200,000.00€ to 1,000,000.00€, with company contribution 30-90%.

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Expression of Interest: Consultancy Services - Ethiopia

Non-Alliance

Closed

National Improved Cookstoves Program (NICSP) of Ethiopia, Consultancy Services for Strategic Advice and Technical Assistance The Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE) is implementing a 4-year (2013-2016) National Improved Cookstoves Program (NICSP), entitled ‘Enhancing Markets and Institutional Capacity for Improved Cookstove Development, Promotion, and Adoption in Ethiopia’, in all the nine regions and the two City Administrations of Ethiopia with the initial financial support of the BARR Foundation USA. The objective of the program is to support the dissemination and adoption of 9.4 million improved cookstoves in Ethiopia through building relevant institutional capacity and developing a sustainable and vibrant market for improved cookstoves.The NICS Program builds on existing efforts where the government has trained and supported local entrepreneurs in the production of improved cookstoves and disseminated to date over 6.8 million cook stoves through out the cou... Read More

World Bank's Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) Request for Project Ideas

Non-Alliance

Closed

The governments of the United Kingdom and Sweden and the Swiss-based Climate Cent Foundation have pledged more than $125 million for the World Bank’s Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev). The Ci-Dev will use performance-based payments in the form of purchases of certified emissions reductions to support low-carbon investments with strong development benefits, mainly to support increased access to energy in low-income countries.With financing now in place, the Ci-Dev is inviting project developers and other interested parties to submit project ideas for consideration and possible funding. All information required for submission of project idea(s), including the Ci-Dev project selection criteria, are attached to this email and can also be found here.Note that you project idea must be submitted by January 31, 2014 to be included under this request for project ideas. If you have any questions regarding submission of your project idea, send an email to helpdesk@carbonfinance.o... Read More

Request for Qualifications from Monitoring and Evaluation Firms

Alliance

Closed

The objective of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ (Alliance) monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities is to provide a credible and pragmatic framework to measure the outputs, intermediate outcomes, and long-term impacts that result from the sector’s activities.  This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is intended to identify a qualified Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) firm to refine the framework, develop global and national M&E strategies and identify the skill sets necessary to facilitate the implementation of the Alliance’s M&E activities. 

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REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS FOR STOVE MODELS TO BE INCLUDED IN GHANA CONSUMER STUDY

Alliance

Closed

The Alliance is conducting a consumer segmentation study of the Ghanaian clean cookstoves and fuels market and would like to carry out consumer preference research on several improved or clean cookstove models with Ghanaian consumers in order to gather feedback on which features are important and desirable to them.  We would like to allow consumers to test a variety of stove models and therefore would like to openly invite our partners to apply to have their model included.   In addition to providing useful insights on consumer preference in Ghana to the wider sector, this study will also provide partners with an opportunity to gain detailed consumer feedback on their stove model (brand names will be kept anonymous in the broader report, but detailed feedback on their respective stove model will be shared confidentially and directly with each organization). 

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D-Prize

Non-Alliance

Closed

THE CHALLENGE: D-Prize will award $10,000-$20,000 to a social entrepreneur who can sell at least 250 cook stoves within three months, generating at least $5,000 in revenue, and scaling to 25,000 households within two years, at full financial sustainability. There is enormous potential for a social entrepreneur to successfully scale up. In the current market, distribution models have not yet adequately addressed behavioral and structural issues. Price sensitivity, mismatch between local needs and stove design, and a lack of knowledge about cook stoves has led to extremely low adoption rates. A successful venture that includes a robust marketing strategy should address behavioral and structural issues and help serve the estimated 3 billion people who still use traditional stoves. In this case, D-Prize sees a particularly strong opportunity to sell cook stoves in urban slums, where we see potentially stronger immediate markets for this product. Past winners of this challenge include Mar... Read More

RFP: ALLIANCE WEBSITE REDEVELOPMENT, REDESIGN AND MAINTENANCE

Alliance

Closed

We are planning to rebuild the CleanCookstoves.org web site to better serve our partners’ needs by making our data more widely accessible. The chief purpose of the Alliance’s web presence is to be an information hub to provide in depth resources for a diverse set of audiences within our sector. This includes many users based in developing countries with low bandwidth access to the Internet. All aspects of implementation should be done with this in mind. The website will house how-to guides, interactive tools, templates, reports, statistics, data visualizations, case studies, maps, calendars, videos, photos, conference registration, webinars, and other resource materials. It will also serve as a foundation to support multiple online data sets, including flat files and relational databases. The website will also be a vehicle for sharing the latest news within the clean cooking sector and updates on the Alliance’s activities. DEADLINE: The proposal should be submitted... Read More

ANNOUNCING THE PILOT INNOVATION FUND AND WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT FUND

Alliance

Closed

The Alliance is pleased to announce the request for proposals (RFP) for second round of the Pilot Innovation Fund (PIF). This year the Alliance is introducing the Women’s Empowerment Fund (WEF) alongside the PIF to provide pilot grants to fund innovative approaches to addressing gender issues and/or women’s empowerment. We will be accepting applications until December 1, 2013. The PIF will provide 3-6 grants of up to $75,000 to finance and pilot innovations across the value chain. The Alliance seeks to identify and fund innovative technologies and approaches with the potential to scale and significantly contribute to the Alliance’s goal of reaching 100 million households by 2020. The activities supported by the PIF Fund will drive disruptive change to business as usual through the development of new, innovative ideas that contribute to the development a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions. The Alliance will provide seed capital to finance and pilot th... Read More

SANKALP AWARDS FOR AFRICA, APPLY NOW! CLOSES NOV. 20

Non-Alliance

Closed

The Sankalp Forum is the largest high impact SME-focused platform in the world. Launched in India in 2009, Sankalp is now expanding to Africa in 2013 with the ambition of building a South-South corridor to promote greater learning and partnerships between developing countries.

Sankalp in Africa will launch with an emerging SME Awards program and an industry convening. Great things can happen when entrepreneurs, funders, large businesses, governments and non-profits come together to drive change.

AWARDS: http://www.sankalpforum.com/africa/awards/

SUMMIT: http://www.sankalpforum.com/africa/summit/

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Ghana Consumer Segmentation Study Terms of Reference

Alliance

Closed

In order to better understand consumer needs and interest in improved cooking solutions in Ghana, the Alliance seeks proposals for a consumer segmentation and consumer preference study related to the Ghanaian clean cookstoves and fuels markets. The first phase of the study will identify the main consumer segments in Ghana and closely examine those segments with the greatest potential to reach scale of clean cookstove and fuel adoption. This information will be used to better inform current efforts, including where they can be enhanced, and determine where additional resources should be applied in order to have the greatest impact on the market. The second phase of the study will examine consumer preferences related to cookstoves and fuels by using innovative research techniques to identify the needs, desires, and behaviors of current cookstoves and fuels users in the main consumer segments in Ghana, in order to better understand the needs of users and the factors that influence the... Read More

Terms of Reference for Video Training Module Development and Video Editing

Alliance

Closed

The Alliance seeks the support of a qualified firm to provide video recording and editing services in support of its capacity building activities.  The deliverables will be online tools and learning materials for international audiences in the clean cooking sector.

Capacity Building:  Testing

To strengthen their global network, in January 2013, the Alliance organized a training workshop where 40 testing center staff from 16 countries came together in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cookstoves Testing Facility. The participants toured the EPA facilities and identified aspects that could be implemented in their centers.  The discussions focused on best practices for establishing and enhancing a testing center, including quality assurance, laboratory management, equipment setup, calibration and maintenance. Video and audio has been recorded of key sessions and discussions.

As a follow up to the Intensive Training Workshop held in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, the next Intensive Training Workshop will be hosted at Zamorano University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  This workshop will be designed for technical staff from testing and knowledge centers around the world, to strengthen the global consortium collaborating on testing and improving clean cooking technologies.  Topics may include establishing a laboratory, quality assurance, data management and integration, incorporating user feedback into testing, and supporting technology maintenance.

In order to access a wider global audience, the Alliance would like to develop videos integrated with online training modules on key lessons from these workshops. 

Capacity Building: Social Enterprise and Investment

In addition, the Alliance would like to create informational videos on the general topic of impact investing and preparing a social enterprise for investment. The Alliance has already held panels and collected a number of resources on the topic that can be compiled and edited into short, highly engaging films.

The work plan should be submitted no later than October 31, 2013.  The contract start date is anticipated to be on or around November 2013.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE: KENYA CUSTOMER SEGMENTATION STUDY, PHASE TWO

Alliance

Closed

This study will examine consumer preferences related to cookstoves and fuels by using innovative research techniques to identify the needs, desires, and behaviors, relevant marketing messages and distribution channels of current cookstoves and fuels users in three specific consumer segments in Kenya. The study will seek to better understand: 1) The needs of users in order to understand the factors that influence the purchase and sustained use of cooking technologies; and 2) Consumer insights that will ensure improved cooking solutions targeting these populations will meet the consumers’ immediate and long term needs related to cooking and household energy. The successful firm will show proven ability and experience in consumer research, directly interacting with consumers and focusing on collecting and analyzing primary data sources to gain the most effective insights into the needs of three specific consumer segments within Kenya. The team should seek to understand the f... Read More

TERMS OF REFERENCE: MARKET ASSESSMENT OF THE CHINESE STOVES AND FUELS SECTOR

Alliance

Closed


The Alliance is seeking an organization to assist with an in-depth market assessment of the Chinese stoves and fuels sector to better understand current barriers to scale and adoption and to identify specific interventions that can move the sector forward.

The Alliance is partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China (MOA) for this assessment and is seeking an organization to assist with: the design of the study; providing guidance to field teams collecting data; and compiling and analyzing results.  The Alliance and MOA will provide strategic direction throughout the assessment, and MOA will provide staff to conduct field surveys.

This assessment is part of a larger collaboration between the Alliance and the Government of China (through the National Development and Reform Commission) to foster the widespread adoption of clean stoves for rural households in China in order to bring health, environmental, gender, and economic benefits to local communities.  The study’s findings will contribute to the Chinese government’s planning around clean stove policies and initiatives.

DEADLINES: The work plan should be submitted to proposals@cleancookstoves.org no later than October 21, 2013. Interested firms are strongly encouraged to submit an expression of interest letter by October 7, though this is not mandatory.  The announcement of the selected candidate will be sent to all applicants no later than November 1, 2013, and work must begin no later than November 4, 2013.

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Announcing Spark Round II

Alliance

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The Alliance is pleased to announce the request for proposals (RFP) for second round of the Spark Fund investment. We will be accepting applications until October 18, 2013. The Spark Fund, launched in 2012, aims to invest a total of $2 million in grant capital annually in enterprises with scalable approaches that have the potential to transform the sector through their success. Spark grants of up to $500K per enterprise target the specific capital and capacity development needs of enterprises across the value chain that have passed the proof of concept phase. In this round of Spark, the Alliance is prioritizing support of enterprises that demonstrate their commitment to cleaner and more efficient technologies that improve health and environmental outcomes, such the reduction of emissions of black carbon and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).In order to reach more Alliance partners and to generate a pipeline of investable enterprises the Spark Fund has been split into two windows... Read More

Terms of Reference: Consultant, Sustainable Fuels Production

Alliance

Closed

The Alliance is seeking one or more consultant(s) to support Alliance partners in the fuels-focused topic area to incorporate environmental and resource planning into their business plans for scaling up production, to strengthen their plans and provide demonstrable evidence of the environmental benefits and sustainability to potential investors.

To meet these goals, the Alliance seeks the support of a qualified consultant to provide guidance to selected fuel production partners, including resource analysis, evaluating and optimizing production, and planning for scaling up production with a sustainable supply of resources that achieve the intended environmental benefits.  The consultant will evaluate fuels-focused applicants for the next round of the Spark Fund.  The consultant will be ineligible to apply for the Spark Fund as a primary applicant or as a subcontractor. 

DEADLINES: The work plan should be submitted to Ranyee Chiang, Senior Technical Manager, rchiang@cleancookstoves.org, no later than October 11, 2013.  The contract start date is anticipated to be on or around November 1, 2013.


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Terms of Reference: Due Diligence, Spark Fund

Alliance

Closed

As part of their investment strategy, the Alliance recently released the second round of the Spark Fund on September 6, 2013. The Spark Fund aims to strengthen supply of clean cookstoves and fuels by providing venture grant capital and capacity building to bridge the “pioneer gap” between start-up and investment. It is part of the Alliance’s strategy to increase investment to the clean cooking sector by supporting the development of commercially viable and scalable enterprises. Although the Spark Fund provides grant capital, the design of the Fund is meant to mirror early stage investment capital. As part of this year’s selection process, the Alliance plans to conduct due diligence prior to selecting the final awards.CONSULTANT(S): The Alliance is seeking one or more qualified consultant(s) to conduct due diligence on Spark Fund finalists and inform the selection panel on the viability of each enterprise to scale. The consultant will also advise on the developme... Read More

Expression of Interest: Stimulating Demand for Cookstoves Carbon Credits

Alliance

Closed

To reach the scale of demand required to support the growing pipeline of cookstove credits, the cookstove community will need to target public and private sector buyers looking to meet mandatory and voluntary GHG emission reduction targets, as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR) departments that support projects with environmental and social benefits but may be skeptical about carbon finance. The Alliance proposes to form a working group to develop and execute a strategy to increase demand for credits from clean and efficient cooking projects. The strategy will focus initially on increasing the number of corporations and governments who voluntarily purchase cookstoves carbon offsets to reduce their carbon footprints, but will also explore the feasibility of increasing demand among governments that purchase carbon credits for compliance purposes. The members of the working group will contribute to the development of the following deliverables over the next 6 months: 1. A set... Read More

Improved Cookstoves Technical International Expert for Bangladesh Testing and Standard Development

Alliance

Closed

The purpose of this consultancy is to work with the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) Technical Committee on the development of minimum technical standards of improved cookstoves for inclusion in the World Bank RERED II household energy component

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REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS 13-3: INVESTOR PITCH PREPARATION AND DEAL ROOMS

Alliance

Closed

This RFA is part of the Alliance's strategy to increase investment to the clean cooking sector by supporting the development of commercially viable scalable enterprises and brokering investment. Objective: This RFA will provide up to 12 enterprises with tailored support to refine their investor pitch and an opportunity to compete for direct access and substantive discussions with investors. Eligibility: Eligible entities include entrepreneurs and enterprises at the venture or growth stage currently working in the clean cooking sector and seeking $100,000 to $5 million USD in outside debt or equity investment. Organizations seeking grant funding only will not be considered under this RFA. Recipients under this RFA must be willing to work with the Alliance and its consultant(s) to refine their investor pitch and supporting materials. They must also be willing to attend Alliance events to participate in the deal rooms and present their business to investors. Each deal room will last... Read More

Request for Applications: 13-1: Clean Cooking Solutions: Exploring Acceptability and Adoption in the Andean Region

Alliance

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The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) is seeking qualified investigators to conduct a rapid evaluation of the factors (social, cultural, economic, stove and fuel technology, and the enabling environment) that significantly contribute to wide spread acceptability and adoption of clean and safe cooking in the Andean region.

The deadline for Letters of Intent (encouraged, but not mandatory) is June 10, 2013. The deadline for submission of proposals is June 30, 2013.

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Scholarship to Social Entrepreneur Online Training

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The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) is currently accepting scholarship applications for their online course for social entrepreneurs.  The deadline for applications is July 15, 2013.

Working at their own pace over a maximum of seven months, each entrepreneur will participate in nine online modules, guided by both a GSBI-provided Silicon Valley mentor and a local mentor, identified by the entrepreneur (with GSBI's assistance if required). The GSBI Online modules will focus on:

1. Mission, opportunity, strategies;
2. External environment;
3. Target market segmentation;
4. Value chain analysis;
5. Organization and human resources;
6. Business model;
7. Success metrics;
8. 1-year operating plan;
9. Financing strategy


GSBI profiles of cookstove enterprises that have benefited from include EarthSpark, Potential Energy, and Trees, Water, & People.

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Scholarship to SOCAP 13

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The SOCAP impact investing conference is currently accepting applications for a full scholarship to attend the conference, participate in their Innovation Showcase, pitch sessions and more. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2013. SOCAP will be held from Sept 3-6 in San Francisco and is expected to draw over 1800 participants, including leading global innovators, investors, foundations, institutions, and social entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are at the heart of SOCAP, and therefore there are many opportunities available in support of innovators who are putting their time, money, and resources to scaling social solutions. If you apply, you will be considered for a number of opportunities including a full scholarship, participation in their Innovation Showcase, pitch sessions and more. [ APPLY ]SOCAP is a world-renowned conference series dedicated to increasing the flow of capital towards social good. Join the worldís pioneering impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philant... Read More

Request for Expressions of Interest: World Bank Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab

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If your organization or team has been wanting to do – or to have someone else do – a rigorous impact evaluation of your work, and/or develop gender innovative programming, this opportunity is for you.

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Terms of Reference: Humanitarian Cookstoves and Fuels Web Portal

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The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is looking for a web consultant/company to build a comprehensive and interactive online humanitarian knowledge sharing platform in order to increase capacity, knowledge sharing, and partnerships among humanitarian and clean cooking sector stakeholders.

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REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: 13-2: CLEAN COOKING SOLUTIONS: GENDER AND LIVELIHOOD IMPACTS, OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ANDEAN REGION

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The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) is seeking qualified teams of researchers to fill key gaps in the existing evidence on the impact that clean cooking solutions have on women users and their families, as well as data that provides a better understanding of the impact women entrepreneurs working in the cookstove and fuel value chain have on adoption rates in the Andean region.

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Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves in Kenya

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The United States Agency for International Development and Winrock International are soliciting Expressions of Interest (“EOIs”) in support of a possible 18-month, $1 million USD (maximum) grant award (or awards).  The purpose of the award(s) would be to strengthen the private sector distribution of fuel-efficient biomass cookstoves in Kenya. This is not a request for applications for grant funding.  Rather, the role of this announcement is to share the draft program description in order to: (i) Gather feedback from potential stakeholders about the proposed parameters of the possible grant competition; and (ii) Identify potential applicants interested in developing proposals for future RFAs in this technical field and geographic area. Submitting an EOI is not a pre-requisite for responding to an eventual RFA nor will it confer any advantage.

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Request for Applications – Fuel-efficient cookstove distribution in Kenya

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The United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”) and Winrock International (“Winrock”) are soliciting applications for a 24-month grant award or awards to strengthen the private sector commercial distribution of fuel-efficient biomass cookstoves in Kenya.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE: REVIEW OF CHINESE EVIDENCE ON ADOPTION OF CLEAN COOKSTOVES AND FUELS

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The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is now requesting applications for a five-month grant award to identify the key enablers and barriers influencing the adoption of improved and clean stoves in China. Given the scope and scale of previous national stove and fuel programs in China, with over 180 million stoves disseminated in the first China National Improved Stove Program (NISP) alone, and the historical lack of publication of results from Chinese research in the English language literature, a complementary review of the Chinese language literature evaluating adoption within the Chinese context is warranted.  This RFA will provide $10,000 to support a comprehensive systematic review of Chinese peer-reviewed literature.

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Terms of Reference: Individual Donor Strategy

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The Alliance has a ten-year business plan to help achieve its goals. We are on track to meet our interim 2014 fundraising goals with bilateral organizations, foundations, and corporations. Active engagement of the individual donor community has not yet been a priority.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE: CARBON FINANCE WEB PORTAL

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Carbon finance provides a commercial pathway that generates revenues to scale clean and efficient cookstove deployment while incentivizing monitoring, increased usage and sustained adoption, as well as increased fuel efficiency and durability. Although the sale of carbon offsets provides a valuable revenue stream, clean and efficient cookstoves projects face barriers due to the complex process of registering a project to be eligible to generate carbon offsets, the precise and lengthy obligations to measure and monitor emissions reductions, and other requirements for program execution.

To increase access to carbon finance to scale adoption of clean and efficient cooking solutions, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is developing a comprehensive and interactive carbon finance knowledge sharing platform. The Alliance is seeking proposals from applicants with experience and expertise in both carbon finance and web development to develop an intuitive, user friendly website that will contain information and resources for a wide variety of users.

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Terms of Reference: Kenya Customer Segmentation Study

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The Alliance seeks proposals for a consumer segmentation study in Kenya. This study will identify the main consumer segments in Kenya and closely examine those segments with the greatest potential to reach scale of clean cookstove and fuel adoption.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE: MARKET ASSESSMENT OF THE GUATEMALAN COOKSTOVES AND FUELS SECTOR

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The Alliance seeks proposals for an assessment of the clean cookstoves and fuels markets in Guatemala. The methodology for the assessment and report will be guided by the Alliance’s preexisting sector mapping and market assessment toolkit, and the assessment will cover four mapping modules: Macro Environment; Household Air Pollution Exposure; Cookstoves and Fuel Programs; and Customer Demand.

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SPARK FUND I

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The Alliance’s Spark Fund (Fund) launches its first round of funding with this Request for Proposal (RFP) as part of the strategy to strengthen supply and enhance demand in the cookstove and fuels sector through innovation and tailored entrepreneurial capacity development. The activities supported in this RFP are designed to drive disruptive change to business as usual, through the development of new, innovative ideas along the value chain and spur the development of a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions. Although the Spark Fund provides grant capital, the design of the Fund is meant to mirror early stage investment capital and the Alliance seeks to identify and invest in actors and innovations that have scalable approaches with the potential to transform the sector through their success. It is expected that successful applicants will be able to leverage grant funding provided by the Spark Fund to attract additional capital to fully scale their enterprises. The Sp... Read More

Sub-Saharan Africa Innovative Marketing & Distribution Challenge

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Specific Objectives Envirofit has established multiple Carbon Programs of Activities (PoAs) across Africa and is looking for qualified distributors capable of managing one or multiple Clean Development Mechanism Program Activities (CPAs) under Envirofit (the Certifying Management Entity - CME). Note – Envirofit is also willing to partner as a strategic supplier with organizations who are themselves a CME or who are accessing existing carbon programs. Envirofit is seeking long-term partnership and plans to offer the opportunity for renewal and expansion opportunities in subsequent years based on performance results. Stoves will be sold to both distributors and customers at market based pricing - allowing reasonable margins through the sales channel. Envirofit products include biomass-burning stoves, charcoal burning stoves, institutional stoves and accessory products. Envirofit will support delivery of stoves to a centralized distribution point in the country.Envirofit has the... Read More

Pilot Innovation Fund

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This Request for Proposal (RFP) is part of the strategy to strengthen supply and enhance demand in the cookstove and fuels sector through innovative distribution models and improvements in existing value chains. The activities supported in this RFP will drive disruptive change to business as usual, through the development of new, innovative ideas that contribute to the development a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions. The Pilot Innovation Fund is open to entrepreneurial entities working in the clean cooking sector or those whose approaches could integrate cookstoves and fuels, as well to local and international NGOs that directly work with entrepreneurial entities to succeed in the marketplace. Applicants should demonstrate how grant proceeds will enable them to pilot an innovative distribution model and/or improve as aspect of an existing value chain that can ultimately be scaled. Under RFP 12-6, the Pilot Innovation Fund will grant at least $225,000 to 3-6 entit... Read More

Terms of Reference: Market Assessment of the Indian Cookstoves and Fuels Sector

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The Alliance seeks proposals for an assessment of the clean cookstoves and fuels markets in India. The methodology for the assessment and report will be guided by the Alliance’s preexisting sector mapping and market assessment toolkit, and the assessment will cover four mapping modules: Macro Environment; Household Air Pollution Exposure; Cookstoves and Fuel Programs; and Customer Demand.

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Impact of clean cooking solutions on women users and their families

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The Alliance is seeking qualified teams of researchers to fill key gaps in the existing evidence on the impact that clean cooking solutions have on women users and their families, as well as data that provides a better understanding of the impact women entrepreneurs working in the cookstove and fuel value chain have on adoption rates. Each study should have at a focus on at least one of the following impacts: - Specific and indirect impacts that clean cooking solutions have on women users and their families, including but not limited to: time use, income generation, educational activities, etc. - The impact that women entrepreneurs employed in the cookstove and/or fuel value chain can have on adoption and sustained use. - Specific and indirect impacts of opportunities costs for involvement in the cookstove and fuel value chain on women entrepreneurs. Of particular interest are studies that are based in Alliance priority and potential priority countries/regions[1]. Confirmed priori... Read More

Enhancing Capacity of Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers

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This Request for Proposals (RFP) is part of the Alliance’s strategy to strengthen the cookstove sector’s ability to evaluate, communicate, and improve performance of cookstoves and fuels and thus improve adoption. The activities supported in this RFP will address major gaps in global testing capacity and immediate steps needed to implement interim and future international standards. Support for multiple testing centers will also enhance the network of experts that collaborate globally on testing and cookstove development and that also catalyze regional activities. Through this RFP, the Alliance will be supporting the development of multiple “Regional Testing and Knowledge Centers” (RTKCs) that can provide testing, cookstove development, and capacity building services. Applicants may propose activities based on the center’s current capacity and needs, including but not limited to equipment purchases, staff support, staff training, establishing a sustainabl... Read More

Field Studies to Evaluate Performance, Use and Adoption of Clean Cookstoves and Fuels

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Comparative in-field testing of a range of improved cookstove solutions and fuels provides the data to assess in-home performance, use, and adoption while also providing the data needed to monitor and evaluate the progress of the Alliance’s activities, including potential health, environment, livelihood, and carbon reduction benefits. More thorough data on in-field performance can also be used to set benchmarks, identify strategies to ensure correct use and maintenance, and highlight best practices for implementers to ensure sustained adoption. Field testing is also essential to evaluate the extent to which promising laboratory testing results translate into performance in real-world settings. The results of these field studies also inform activities focused on consumer awareness, social marketing, training, and other activities that are part of the “Enhance Demand” component to the Alliance’s strategy. This Request for Applications (RFA) seeks to improve es... Read More

CTI PFAN Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing

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CTI PFAN is now accepting proposals from Asian Region for participating in the Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) Business Plan Competition.AFCEF-3 seeks to nurture entrepreneurs, start-up and existing companies, project teams and consortia with environmentally beneficial business proposals with the aim of linking them with investment and finance and making them happen.Once you have qualified for the 2nd stage of the AFCEF-3 Business Plan Competition, you will receive coaching from professional experts, who will help you to create a financially, socially and environmentally viable business plan. With this enhanced business plan, which should be well received and ready for action, you can stand before investors with full confidence.The Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) will be held on 22nd February 2013, in Singapore, where you will have the opportunity to present your business plan to invited investors to source the financing that you need. A panel of judges,... Read More

Case Studies and Best Practice Research on Empowering Women through Clean Cookstoves Projects in Bangladesh

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It is commonly believed that incorporating women along the improved cookstoves value chain will both increase sales, adoption, and sustained use of clean cookstoves and benefit women in multiple ways, including by providing a new source of employment and income for women as producers, distributors, installers, marketers, entrepreneurs and salespeople.

The UN Foundation is seeking a qualified research consultant to conduct an exploratory study documenting the benefits of incorporating women in the clean cookstoves value chain. The commissioned research will be a joint product for UN Foundation’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

The expected budget for this project is $20,000-$30,000.

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Multiscale Geospatial Mapping of Non-renewable Fuel Harvesting for Biomass Fuels

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Over the next three years, the Alliance will support a small, strategic portfolio of targeted research needed to strengthen the evidence base necessary to precisely quantify the benefits of clean cookstoves. For climate research, the initial focus will be on filling gaps in the sector’s understanding of the impact that fuel collection for cooking has on environmental degradation, including deforestation, soil erosion, and other natural resource impacts. More spatially resolved information on the specific areas where collection of firewood could contribute to environmental degradation would help identify areas where scaling clean cookstoves and fuels could provide the greatest environmental benefits. Global mapping of non-renewable fuel collection would be especially useful in identifying the areas of greatest potential environmental impact. The main objective of this RFP is to develop geospatial estimates of the fraction of non-renewable biomass (fNRB) at national and sub-nation... Read More

Cookstoves and Child Survival

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The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance) is seeking qualified teams of researchers to fill key gaps in the existing evidence on the use of traditional cookstoves and open fires as they relate to child survival, with a focus on the following: Adverse pregnancy outcomes, including low birth weight, pre-term birth, and birth defects; and/or Severe respiratory illness, including pneumonia and other acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI) in children under five years of age. Of particular interest are studies that 1) address health outcomes responsible for a major proportion of infant and child mortality on a global scale, and 2) are based in potential Alliance priority countries/regions. Potential countries/regions include the Alliance’s potential focus countries [East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda), Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam], and active countries (Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Peru), as well as India and China, wher... Read More

Program in support of the Partnership on Women's Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER)

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Completed applications should be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov or grantsolutions.gov. Please follow all RFA instructions carefully and start early to ensure you have time to collect all of the required information. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 9, 2012. OES will email applicants to acknowledge receipt of their application. It is each applicant’s responsibility to monitor for confirmation of receipt from OES. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development

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The United States Government, represented by the Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3) is seeking comment from industry and other interested parties around the world on the attached program initiative outlined in the attached document entitled "Powering Agriculture Pre-Solicitation Notice". All comments (including questions and clarifications) must be submitted to PoweringAg@usaid.gov no later than July 12, 2012 2:00 P.M. (EST). This pre-solicitation notice is a request for comments only and applications or proposals will not be accepted or responded to. USAID has not finalized all aspects of the new initiative and needs meaningful and substantive comment from the broader community of interest.

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