Following the decision made by Sweden after the first Steering Committee of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA), BGFA will launch a first Call for Proposals (BGFA1) 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.

This Announcement Document provides a description of the application process, presents key pre-qualification criteria and requirements, and details the Country Programmes, Funding Windows and Lots. Detailed Pre-Qualification Guidelines for BGFA1 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.

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