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Helping businesses deliver energy access in Africa

1.3 billionWith no electricity

1.3 billion people around the world lack access to electricity - 84% are in rural areas.

2.7 billionRelying on biomass

2.7 billion people - 38% of the world's population - use solid biomass for cooking and heating.

4.3 millionPremature deaths

Each year, 4.3 million people die prematurely from burning biomass in inefficient stoves in poorly ventilated spaces.
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Energy access changes everything

We develop markets to close the energy gap

We offer

Focus on energy access markets

Strong networks with companies, financial institutions and other market actors

Excellent understanding of both entrepreneurs' and investors' perspective

Support for innovative, pioneering business models

Strong presence in 'the last mile'

Expertise in gender-sensitive and inclusive market development

Low-cost delivery-focused structure

Translating into

Efficient cookstoves

Powered households and institutions

More productive businesses

Economically empowered women

Energy in humanitarian contexts

Our approach has provided access to 16.5 million people

  • 4,000 businesses supported
  • 10,000 jobs created
  • 12.5 million tonnes of CO2 avoided
  • $132 million raised to support businesses

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See the impact that access to clean affordable energy has on the lives of millions of people.

Annual review

This year's issue is packed with highlights of our work with energy businesses and celebrates our achievements, while setting ambitions for the coming years.