GIZ Energising Development (EnDev) Uganda on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands partnered with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) to host the Uganda Clean Cooking Innovation Summit at Xanadu Collection, All Suite Hotel (Former Mackinnon Suites) in Kampala.
The summit was part of the Clean and Efficient Cooking Energy Sector Support Program which is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and implemented by GIZ EnDev. This Sector Support Program comprised of the ‘Kyuusa Enfumba Yo’ Awareness Campaign, a series of cook stove tests under the new draft UNBS standard conducted by CREEC, and support to the Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking (UNACC).
The summit targeted all Ugandan companies in the Clean and efficient cooking energy sector including producers, distributors and providers of stoves and fuels.
The five-day event aimed at boosting the innovation capacity of the clean cooking sector. It first saw more than 60 participants drawnfrom companies train on design of cook stoves, business development, kiln construction, franchising and other relevant areas. The trainings (November 26, 27) were conducted by both national and international experts. The trainings were intended to catalyze an innovative mindset.
The climax was the Clean Cooking Innovation Summit Conference (Wednesday November 28, 2018) which brought together key stakeholders from government entities, civil society, financial institutions, donors, clean cooking associations and researchers to discuss pertinent issues relevant to the sector. Among the topics discussed included; Framework conditions for building scalable businesses, the role of alliances in boosting the clean cooking sector, as well as standards and financing. The conference also involved B2B sessions and an exhibition. The pinnacle of the summit was the Innovation Award Ceremony which saw companies receive awards for their innovativeness.
At the close of the summit, international and national experts visited interested companies in the clean cooking energy sector to advise them on all questions regarding stove design, kiln design, business development and others.