Following the decision made at the first Steering Committee of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA), BGFA will launch a Call for Proposals this autumn inviting interested off-grid energy service providers to compete for a number of funding windows. The aim is to stimulate new sustainable business models which incentivise and accelerate the private sector to offer affordable and clean off-grid energy access at scale in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and Zambia.
The Announcement Document provides a description of the application process, presents key Pre-Qualification criteria and requirements details of the Country Programmes, Funding Windows and Lots. Detailed Pre-Qualification Guidelines for BGFA will be published at launch in September 2020, and further information will be disseminated via the BGFA website and social media channels.
In 2020, progress towards addressing the energy access objective has been jeopardised by the Covid-19 pandemic which has hit African economies and, in particular, the poorest and most vulnerable communities hard. BGFA seeks to support much needed connections and the implementation of decentralised energy solutions in order to mitigate the impact of the virus and promote a green recovery.
The Call for Proposals Announcement Document is available here.
The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa facility is established and managed by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), an international financial institution focused on environmental and climate investments, and implemented in partnership with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral partnership based in Vienna, Austria, working to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries. Sweden is contributing with an initial SEK 500 million (approx. EUR 46 million) to the expansion through Sida and its embassies in target countries. The facility is open to other like-minded donors and is in discussion with a number of potential contributors.
For more info please contact Erin Stewart, Communications and Marketing Manager at REEEP by firstname.lastname@example.org or +43 1 26026 3643
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