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Beyond the Grid for Zambia

2017 - 2021

Implementing agencies

African partners
Government, Private sector, Civil society

Names of African partners involved
Government of Zambia

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multi-donor, Multilaterals involved, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
SIDA, Power Africa, REEEP

Geographical scope

Countries where active

Renewables, Electricity

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Electricity system, Mini-grids, Stand-alone off-grid

Type of intervention
Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Project preparation / implementation, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing
Grant, Early stage

Main objectives
To increase energy access, improve livelihoods and catalyse economic activity in rural and peri-urban areas

Main activities
The core of the BGFZ is a EUR 20m results-based “impact procurement” fund. Unlike a challenge fund or other traditional concessional financing, the BGFZ operates rather like a traditional public procurement. Rather than a distinct physical asset or service, the BGFZ is procuring the delivery of energy services for Zambians. The Fund is not directly procuring the energy services on behalf of customers; rather the fund closes the “viability gap” on a per-connection basis, incentivising rollout and scaling up in areas that would – in the absence of the BGFZ – not represent viable markets for companies.



Contact information
Andreas Zahner, Programme Director

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