Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa

 

Bringing clean, affordable, off-grid energy access to millions

Current Call for Proposals

Current Call for Proposals

BGFA3 – Solar home systems and mini-grids in Uganda

BGFA3 is is expected to enable the establishment of up to 600,000 energy connections and benefit more than 3 million people in remote areas of Uganda. The call closed for Pre-Qualification submissions on 22 June 2021 and received 30 applications, of which 19 passed the internal completeness check.

The Pre-Qualification stage for BGFA3 has been completed and applicants passing the review stage has been invited through the SmartMe online system on 14 September 2021 to take part in the Final Application stage and submit full project proposals. The Final Application stage is expected to be completed by February 2022.

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BGFA2 – Mini-grids in Mozambique

BGFA2 aims to accelerate access to affordable and clean off-grid energy for customers in peri-urban and rural areas of Mozambique. The BGFA2 call closed for Pre-Qualification submissions on 29 March 2021.

Of the 17 applications received, 10 have passed the initial, internal completeness check and undergone the process of evaluation and scoring of submitted concept notes by independent evaluators.

Of these, seven applicants have subsequently passed the Pre-Qualification stage and will be invited to the Final Application stage in autumn 2021.

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BGFA1 – Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia

The first Call for Proposals (BGFA1) targeted at Burkina Faso, Liberia and Zambia was launched in September 2020.

It received a strong response among energy service providers, and in December 2020, 46 applicants were invited to take part in the Final Application stage. BGFA1 evaluation has been concluded and highest scoring project proposals are now in the due diligence review stage. It is expected that selected projects will be contracted in early autumn 2021.

 

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Obituary

Obituary

Sabera Khan (1971-2021)

We sadly need to inform that Sabera Khan (1971-2021), who worked as a Senior Expert and Liaison Manager for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) supporting the implementation of the BGFA Programme and a strong supporter of the clean energy access in Africa, unexpectedly passed away on 13 August 2021 following a long struggle with Covid-19.

Sabera had more than 20 years of experience in sub-Saharan Africa in the fields of carbon markets, climate change, clean technologies, energy and finance.

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What is the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa?

What is the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa?

Kick-starting markets for clean, off-grid energy in Africa

Building on the experience from an award-winning innovative approach tested in Zambia

BGFA was set-up in 2019 on the initiative of the Swedish Government, building on the successful, award-winning initial pilot phase in Zambia, the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ). BGFA is an ambitious multi-donor funding facility that aims to kick-start markets for clean, off-grid energy in Sub-Saharan African countries. It works through a combination of an innovative results-based financing mechanisms for energy companies, close cooperation with governments and real-time data collection and analysis.

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Funding rounds are now closed in the following countries:

Our impact

A mini-grid for Ngwerere
Zambia
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Cecelia & Godfrey Miti:

A mini-grid for Ngwerere

How a mini-grid is changing the lives of Cecelia, Godfrey and the rest of their community in Ngwerere, on the edge of Lusaka.

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Flexible payments for solar lighting
Zambia
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Steven Miyoba:

Flexible payments for solar lighting

How off-grid solutions have made a positive impact on Steven’s family life on the outskirts of Lusaka.

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Agent of impact
Zambia
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Lister Sithole & Kennedy Matabula:

Agent of impact

How the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia has brought new opportunities and optimism to Lister and Kennedy in a rural community in Chongwe, east of the Zambian capital of ...

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BGFA has not yet generated any own impacts, but the decision to expand the concept into Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Liberia, Uganda and a new funding round in Zambia builds on the experiences of the pilot programme Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ) and early positive experiences in terms of rural and peri-urban customers’ interest in buying affordable off-grid energy service connections, mobilised private capital and strong social and gender outcomes.

 

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We would like to engage with…

We would like to engage with…

Are you in the renewable energy business and are looking for funding opportunities?

If you are interested in exploring new markets or scaling up your off-grid renewable energy business, please check back with us for future funding rounds.

For more information on our past funding rounds click below.

Funding rounds

Are you shaping energy policies in your country?

We are keen to work together with policy makers in and beyond BGFA in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Zambia, Mozambique and Uganda.

Please get in touch and help us shape the programme based on your valuable insights and knowledge of the markets. If BGFA is not yet looking at your country but you think the programme would be a good fit, please also get in touch.

BGFA countries

Who’s involved?

BGFA was established as a separate funding facility by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (Nefco) in 2019 on Sweden’s initiative and has swiftly developed into a multi-donor programme. The BGFA programme is administered by Nefco and implemented in partnership with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Power Africa, an initiative administered by USAID, is providing a considerable in-kind technical assistance contribution, and Denmark and Germany have joined to fund activities in, respectively, Uganda and Zambia.

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Team
who's involved
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Funder:
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa was established on Sweden’s initiative in 2019, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Sweden is contributing SEK 635 million (EUR 60 million) to the BGFA programme, with contributions coming from the local embassies in target countries.

Visit the Sida website

Power Africa
Funder:
Power Africa

Power Africa is a U.S. government-led partnership that brings together the collective resources of over 170 public and private sector partners to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Power Africa’s goal is to add more than 30,000 megawatts (MW) of new electricity generation capacity and connect 60 million new homes and businesses to power by 2030. In 2020, Power Africa joined BGFA with the aim to provide an in-kind contribution worth approx. EUR 4 million (USD 4.5 million) over three years in order to help operationalise the initiative and develop a pipeline of commercially viable projects within the framework of BGFA.

Visit the Power Africa website

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Funder:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Denmark joined the BGFA in 2020 to support the expansion to Uganda with a contribution of DKK 37.5 million (EUR 5 million), through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, over 5 years. Denmark is expecting to make an additional contribution of EUR 10.8 million (DKK 80 million) to the Uganda country programme (currently subject to final parliamentary approval).

Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

KfW Development Bank
Funder:
KfW Development Bank

Germany joined the BGFA in 2021 and is contributing EUR 7.5 million, through the KfW Development Bank. The German contribution is jointly with Sweden funding the Zambian country programme, aiming at supporting private companies to establish and scale innovative and sustainable business models with focus on mini-grids.

Visit the KfW website

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
Facility Manager:
Nordic Environment Finance Corporation

The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (Nefco) set up the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa on behalf of Sweden and has since then developed it into a multi-donor programme. As Facility Manager, Nefco is responsible for its overall delivery. Owned by the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) Nefco is an international financial institution (IFI) with 30 years of experience in financing exclusively green projects. Besides making investments through its own capital, Nefco manages a considerable number of trust funds and its trust fund processes fulfil EU requirements. Nefco is also accredited by the Green Climate Fund. Nefco is currently working with a number of potential additional donors.

Visit the Nefco website

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
Implementation Manager:
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is an international non-profit organisation that works to kick-start markets for clean energy and energy efficiency solutions in low- and middle-income countries. REEEP co-designed and is implementing the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia and is Implementation Manager of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa.

Visit the REEEP website

Latest news

Modern clean cooking technologies provide the greatest impact
ZambiaMozambique
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News
Modern clean cooking technologies provide the greatest impact

The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (Nefco) and Sweden (through the Swedish International Development Agency, Sida, and the Swedish Embassy in Zambia) have undertaken an initiative, the Scaling of Clean Cooking ...

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Staff news within the BGFA team of Nefco
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Staff news within the BGFA team of Nefco

With effect from 1 December 2021, Ash Sharma will take over Helle Lindegaard’s responsibilities as Vice President and Head of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) Unit in ...

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BGFA is seeking a new service provider to assist with monitoring and technical assistance
ZambiaBurkina FasoMozambiqueLiberiaUganda
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BGFA is seeking a new service provider to assist with monitoring and technical assistance

As the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) expands, in both size and geographic scope, more delivery partners are required to meet the growing needs of the Programme. In ...

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Modern clean cooking technologies provide the greatest impact
ZambiaMozambique
en
News
Modern clean cooking technologies provide the greatest impact

The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (Nefco) and Sweden (through the Swedish International Development Agency, Sida, and the Swedish Embassy in Zambia) have undertaken an initiative, the Scaling of Clean Cooking ...

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Staff news within the BGFA team of Nefco
en
News
Staff news within the BGFA team of Nefco

With effect from 1 December 2021, Ash Sharma will take over Helle Lindegaard’s responsibilities as Vice President and Head of the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) Unit in ...

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BGFA is seeking a new service provider to assist with monitoring and technical assistance
ZambiaBurkina FasoMozambiqueLiberiaUganda
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News
BGFA is seeking a new service provider to assist with monitoring and technical assistance

As the Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) expands, in both size and geographic scope, more delivery partners are required to meet the growing needs of the Programme. In ...

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