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Key Partners 



Gamos is a small but influential company working with the social factors surrounding technology use and transfer. A group of professionals who seek to select their clients (Governments and Non Government Agencies) to make the optimum impact. Founded in 1989, Gamos is concerned to use its professional skills for the empowerment of individuals and communities in the poorer sections of society in developing countries. This mainly involves training and research, actively seeking to build capacity in the South

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project lead: yabei zhang

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), is a multi-donor global trust fund programme managed by the World Bank Group. Their mandate is to help low and middle-income countries reduce poverty and boost growth, through environmentally sustainable energy solutions. Under the MECS programme, ESMAP will provide the evidence for understanding how and when modern energy cooking transitions can happen. They will develop indicators and measurement capacity for the international measurement of modern energy cooking services and will look for opportunities to scale up new approaches, business models and technologies developed through the MECS programme.

University Partners 

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Activities include

Loughborough University

  • Staffing and lab build 

  • Cooking System Design Analysis

  • System Modelling

  • User experience deisgn and worksgop

CREST explores the technological aspects of cooking system design and associated system modelling.


Activities include

Newcastle University

  • Review of MECS technology

  • Development of modelling and stimulation environment

  • Operation and control methods

  • Laboratory testing facilities

This project investigates the potential for multi-vector cooking appliances through the use of systems modelling.


Activities include

University College London

  • Literature review with a focus on Ethiopia

  • Regional surveys of household cooking 

  • Working with Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU)

  • Map our financing scheme and models

UCL undertakes technical, economic and social analyses for the adoption of high efficiency electric cooking appliances in the country context of Ethiopia.

Activities include

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University of Liverpool

CLEAN-Air(Africa) is conducting applied implementation and mixed-methods research to understand how best to support populations transition from reliance on polluting solid fuels and kerosene to clean modern household energy.

The University of Liverpool’s Energy, Air Pollution and Health Research theme hosts the NIHR funded Clean Energy Adoption for the prevention of Non-communicable disease in Africa (CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Group). 

Activities include

University of Strathclyde

Activities Include

  • Review of MECS technology

  • Local cooking practices and relationships with cooking

  • Current eCook market in Malawi

  • Engaement with stakeholders

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The project led by the University of Strathclyde focuses on market assessment and sustainable business models for electric cooking devices in Malawi.

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Activities include

University of Surrey 

  • Modelling eCook systems and how to link to grids and local networks

  • Environmental assessment of current technologies 

  • Risk management

The project intends to provide simulation/evaluation of possible clean cooking approaches and to provide technology and system guidance to deisngers. 

Activities include

University of Sussex

  • An empircally- grounded map of current innovation systems in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania

This Sussex-led project centres on building innovation systems to facilitate transformations in e-cooking.

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