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MECS Webinar on Modern Energy for Cooking in Institutional Settings

5th October 2021

A MECS webinar entitled ‘Beyond households: modern energy for cooking in institutional settings’ was held on 18th October 2021 from 15:00-16:30 BST / 10:00-11:30 NY.

Webinar overview

This webinar focuses on modern energy cooking transitions in institutional settings, such as in schools, health centres, prisons and community or religious settings, in both development and humanitarian contexts in the Global South. This high-level session primarily looks to facilitate and galvanise discussion between a range of actors about the key challenges and considerations associated with institutional cooking transitions, as well as existing opportunities and approaches to innovation. The webinar aims to help identify key gaps in our understanding of institutional cooking contexts and the technology, financing, delivery and governance challenges which need to be addressed.

The session took the format of short presentations from participants followed by a panel discussion, with questions from the audience. Participants included representatives from research, practitioner and government organisations with experience and interest in modern energy cooking in institutions.


15:00 – 15:05 – Opening remarks (Asna Towfiq, CCA)

15:10 – 15:20 – Introduction, background and overview (Kirsten Campbell, MECS)

15:20 – 15:30 – Modern energy in school cooking (Raffaella Bellanca, WFP)

15:30 – 15:40 – Institutional cooking in displacement settings – the case of Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya (Karlijn Groen, SNV). Access the presentation here.

15:40 – 15:50 – Testing large scale cooking technologies (Katarina Aloyce, TaTEDO & Anna Clements, Gamos)

15:50 – 16:30 – Panel discussion and Q&A 

Panellists: Marc Gibson, GPA; Raffaella Bellanca, WFP; Long Seng To, MECS; Katarina Aloyce, TaTEDO; Karlijn Groen, SNV.

Chair: Iwona Bisaga, MECS.

This webinar forms part of the events schedule for the Clean Cooking Alliance’s ‘Week of Clean Cooking’ from 18-22 October 2021. Find out about other events here.

Opportunity: Women in Modern Energy Cooking (WMEC) initiative launched