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Helping businesses deliver energy access in Africa

1 billionWith no electricity

1 billion people around the world live without electricity – 600 million are in Africa.

3 billionRelying on biomass

3 billion people – 41% of the world’s population – use polluting fuels, like wood and coal, for cooking and heating.

4 millionPremature deaths

Each year, 4 million people die prematurely from burning polluting fuels 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 17.6 million people

  • 5,100 businesses supported
  • 10,400 jobs created
  • 13.2 million tonnes of CO2 avoided
  • $137 million raised to support businesses

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WATCH: HELPING COMPANIES DELIVER RENEWABLE ENERGY IN AFRICA

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

Annual review 2019 cover page

Annual review

Read our 2019 Annual Review showing the breadth of our activity to expand energy access and help solve some of Africa's most pressing development challenges.