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Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Clean Cooking (SEE-CC)

Switching to clean cooking transforms lives. It improves health, protects the climate and environment, empowers women and helps consumers save time and money. In close partnership with EnDev, the SEE-CC programme introduces a new private-sector approach to promote clean and affordable cooking.

Technologies used in this project

  • Biogas
  • Higher-tier cookstoves

Country data

  • Implemented in partnership with the EnDev programme as an associated project

  • Countries Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Uganda
  • Co-financed by The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
  • Duration 2021-2025
  • Contact If you have any questions about EnDev’s associated project SEE-CC or see opportunities for collaboration, please e-mail


The solutions of the programme include biodigesters and higher-tier (3, 4 and 5) cookstoves such as electric cookstoves and advanced biomass stoves. SEE-CC consists of two components: the African Biodigester Component (ABC) and the Higher Tier Cooking Component (HTCC). In the following, both components are briefly introduced.

A biodigester uses organic material such as animal manure, agricultural residues or human faeces combined with water to create bio-slurry and biogas. Credits: Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

The African Biodigester Component (ABC)

ABC is a five-year programme that helps to develop and strengthen demand, supply and the enabling environment to create sustainable biodigester markets in five African countries: Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Uganda. ABC aims to facilitate the construction and installation of 50,000 small-scale biodigesters by the end of 2025. This will result in energy access for at least 250,000 people and the reduction of yearly CO2 equivalent emissions by over 180,000 tonnes.

Find out more

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) carries out ABC on behalf of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information about ABC’ intervention areas, implementers and technologies, see: African Biodigester Component – ABC |

Higher Tier Cooking Component (HTCC)

HTCC is a five-year programme (2020-2025) that aims to further strengthen the supply side of the clean cooking sector. It does this by helping small and medium-sized enterprises improve their business operations, get access to finance for scale and innovation and by helping build an enabling environment in support of clean cooking. The European Commission finances HTCC. The programme aims to reach 600,000 people in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia and Uganda and reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to 70,000 tonnes per year.

Find out more

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency carries out this programme on behalf of the European Commission and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information about HTCC, activities and intervention areas, see: Higher Tier Cooking Component – HTCC |

Clean cooking empowers women and reduces their workload, giving them time to focus on business, work and rest. Credits: Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

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