Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa

The new Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa, (BGFA) was setup with the aim to incentivise the emergency of new private sector business models offering affordable and clean energy access at scale to people living in rural and peri-urban areas in Africa. A team of experts is currently mapping the market and sectors with the aim to design a financing round for expansion to Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mozambique, and a new round in Zambia.

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During its first two years, the award-winning Beyond the Grid Fund has provided off-grid electricity and/or clean cooking to 150,000 households in Zambia. See how the initiative has brought optimism to rural and peri-urban communities, and catalytic early-stage capital to energy service providers in the country.

Clean and affordable off-grid energy

Over 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live today without access to electricity. For most of these people, connection to the grid is not likely to happen for decades, or longer. The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) aims to reduce this gap by stimulating and accelerating the emergency of new business models to incentivise the private sector to offer affordable and clean energy access at scale to people living in rural and peri-urban areas. The programme builds on the positive experiences of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ), which Sweden commenced in 2016 and which is successfully implemented by REEEP.

Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa forms part of the ‘Power Africa’ initiative launched by former President Barack Obama and contributes to the Sustainable Development Goal 7 as well as the Paris Agreement on Climate.

Contributor and available funding

Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa is financed by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). NEFCO is managing the facility and the programme is implemented in cooperation with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).

Sweden will contribute an initial SEK 500 million (approx. EUR 48 million) to the first planned expansion into Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and a second phase in Zambia. NEFCO is working with other like-minded donors with the aim to convert the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa into a multi-donor programme over time. If your institution or organization is interested in contributing as a donor or supporter to the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa, please contact us.

Get involved

The first stage, a market scoping study is now on-going in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mozambique and Zambia. This work is led by REEEP, who during three days of discussions, each with a different theme, will gather feedback and ideas from stakeholder including representatives from the private sector and government agencies.

Depending the outcome of this outreach and the market scoping, NEFCO plans to launch a Call for Proposals in Q3/2020 offering financial incentives to selected private energy companies for the development of high quality energy services and products under sustainable and inclusive market conditions including solar home systems and microgrids. The planned period of implementation is in total six years. The programme aims to benefit 5 to 15 million rural and peri-urban people in the participating countries.

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