At COP27: Scaling up clean and modern cooking solutions in Africa to raise the climate ambition

The COP27 side event ‘Clean cooking around the world’ highlighted the climate, health, economic and social benefits of clean cooking. The event was organised by Nefco and the Nordic Council of Ministers on 11 November 2022 and brought together experts to discuss the development of the clean cooking sector and its linkages to climate goals.

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The Modern Cooking Facility for Africa is a new financing programme supporting scale-up of clean cooking solutions in six Sub-Saharan African countries. The aim of the programme is to provide over 3 million people in Africa with access to clean, modern and affordable cooking solutions by the end of 2027.

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Clean and affordable cooking solutions

Almost 900 million people in Sub-Saharan African countries lack access to modern and clean cooking solutions, being the only region in the world where access to clean cooking solutions has not kept pace with population growth.

The Modern Cooking Facility for Africa (MCFA) is a new groundbreaking results-based financing programme that aims to scale-up access to higher tier clean cooking solutions. Initially the MCFA will operate in following countries; the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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The goal of the Modern Cooking Facility for Africa is to provide over 3 million Africans with access to clean cooking solutions, improving overall health and increasing economic growth. The MCFA will do this by financially incentivising Cooking Service Providers to engage in the business of offering affordable, high quality and energy efficient clean cooking services and thereby accelerating the creation of a long-term sustainable market.

The MCFA contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • SDG 3 on good health and well-being
  • SDG 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls
  • SDG 7 on access to affordable and clean energy access
  • SDG 13 on climate change
  • SDG 15 on life on land by encouraging the use of renewable fuels and help to decrease forestation

How to apply for funding

The first Call for Proposals-based funding round opened on 20 April 2022 and invites interested applicants to register and submit the applications through an online application tool.

The application process consists of two stages:

  • Pre-Qualification stage open from 20 April – 21 June 2022
  • Final application stage in autumn 2022

Selected and contracted Cooking Service Providers will receive financial support based on milestones reached.

Fore more information about the application process and eligibility criteria visit our Call for Proposals page.

Eligible entities

The following entities can apply for funding from the Modern Cooking Facility for Africa: Private entities (Cooking Service Providers), locally registered in a MCFA project country or committed to being registered prior to contract signing. The Cooking Service Provider can also establish a project consortium to include other entities.

More information on eligible entities is available here.

Supported technologies

The Modern Cooking Facility for Africa is supporting higher tier cooking solutions for urban and peri-urban customers. Electric, biogas, and bioethanol stoves that meet Tier 4-5 performance standards as well as Tier 3+ briquette and pellet stoves are the technologies that can be supported through the MCFA programme. In addition, the MCFA can support the following alternatives as fuel:

  • sustainably produced bioethanol
  • liquid biofuels
  • biogas
  • electric cooking solutions
  • solid sustainable biofuels, e.g. pellets and briquettes

For more information about supported technologies visit our Call for Proposals page.

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The programme is financed by Sweden and the European Union. Sweden is supporting the programme with SEK 325 million (~EUR 32.6 million) for activities in all project countries and the EU is supporting the market development for clean cooking in Zambia with EUR 12.5 million. The aim is to develop the MCFA into a multi-donor programme with Nefco as the facility manager.

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