BGFA Impact

<i>BGFA</i> Impact

Our impact so far

This page presents the impacts of the BGFA pilot phase, the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia, which was launched in 2016.

The BGFZ programme won the 2019 Ashden Award for Innovative Finance and a 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award in the category Financing for Climate Friendly Investment.

BGFZ in numbers

4 companies contracted to connect


people to clean, affordable off-grid energy:

Emerging Cooking Solutions

Emerging Cooking Solutions

Fenix International

Fenix International

Standard Microgrid

Standard Microgrid



Status 1 December 2019:
households, businesses and institutions connected
full- and part-time jobs created
of co-finance leveraged by the four companies
kg of CO2e mitigated annually
BGFZ stories

Agent of impact
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 Lusaka.

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Flexible payments for solar lighting
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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A mini-grid for Ngwerere
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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What people say about the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia

“It’s really changed community life. People can get first-hand information from televisions or radio. These products have been extremely empowering by providing extra education and allowing more people to share knowledge.”

Tresphord Mwango
Regional Assistant Coordinator, VITALITE

“Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia has played an absolutely essential role in delivering catalytic early-stage capital to help Standard Microgrid and others de-risk high-impact activities benefitting Zambians.”

Matthew Alcock
Chief Technology Officer, Standard Microgrid

“It is our pleasure to award Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia. Their clean and affordable alternative to grid electricity serves as a beacon, guiding us towards a more sustainable future for all.”

Niclas Svenningsen
Manager, UN Climate Change Global Climate Action Programme

“[BGFZ] has enabled private sector companies to work effectively with Government and other partners to launch a thriving market for off-grid clean energy services in our country.”

Stephen Mwansa
Permanent Secretary for Administration, Office of the Vice President, Zambia

Contact us

Please get in touch with the team at Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa with any enquiries you have regarding the programme and find out more about getting involved.


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