Closed: Aug 15,2017
Type: partner

Clean Cooking and Unpaid Work: Measuring time savings from adoption of clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels

Closes: August 15, 2017 11:59 EDT

The Alliance is seeking to identify qualified partners to help improve the sector’s understanding of the impacts on girls and women’s livelihoods, well-being, and education through cleaner and more efficient cooking as well as potential opportunities to leverage ongoing efforts with a more intensive focus on time poverty. This Request for Qualifications seeks qualified partners currently actively engaged in a) ongoing clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels distribution programs with the potential to assess impacts on time poverty in the near future; and/or b) livelihood generation activities for women and/or education activities for adolescent girls that could potentially add on a clean cooking intervention and assess impacts on time poverty. Partners must demonstrate the capability to leverage ongoing monitoring and evaluation efforts to collect additional data around time use, income, household expenditures, and education. 

Contingent of approval of funding, up to $150,000 may be available over an 18-month period to test the impact of using higher quality stoves and fuels on women and girls’ time use. Results will be used to determine the existing burden related to fuel collection and cooking, the time that can be saved, as well as how time saved is used – whether for productive uses, education, leisure, or other activities.

The Alliance will give strong preference for partners operating in Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda. Of particular interest are locations where women and girls are spending significant amounts of time collecting and/or processing fuel.

Submissions should be sent to

See the attached PDF below for further details.


Q: Please clarify the difference between Section A (General description pf partner, including organizational qualification as relevant) and the Required Attachment 2 (1 page overview of the institution).

A: Section A should emphasize the organizational qualifications for conducting the work, and Attachment 2 should focus on the broader mission/vision/goals of the institution.

Q: Our cook stoves are Tier 1. Would we still be encouraged to apply?

A: For the purpose of this study, we are looking for projects with more efficient cookstoves that will lead to significant reductions on the amount of fuel required for cooking, with the hypothesis that a reduction in biomass/fuelwood use leads to a reduction in time spent collecting fuel. Ultimately, we will need to demonstrate a statistically significant change in time use. The applicant should determine if the technology is efficient enough in the given context to lead to significant reductions in biomass/fuelwood use that may lead to time savings.

Q: Can you clarify whether this RFQ would consider organizations that supply efficient wood burning cookstoves?
A: Yes

Q: Can you advise whether an in-house team could implement the study, or would you recommend we engage an academic partner and form a consortium?  

A: In-house research teams are acceptable, but partnerships with research institutions are also encouraged. If there is need to engage with an external partner, there will be opportunity to partner during the Request for Proposal stage.