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Brilho - Energy Africa Mozambique

2016 - 2023

Implementing agencies
DFID/ service provider

African partners
Government, Other public body, Private sector, Civil society

Names of African partners involved
Government of Mozambique

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Single donor, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs

Geographical scope

Countries where active

Renewables, Electricity, Heating and Cooling, Cooking Energy

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 improve access to energy for rural households and businesses. It will encourage private sector innovation and investment, resulting in growth in the market for: improved cookstoves (also in urban and peri-urban areas); solar household systems; and larger systems (covering the spectrum up to and including mini-grids) able to support productive energy use.

Main activities
1. Market Development Fund (MDF) and Technical Assistance (TA): Via an open competition, start-up grants will be available to new businesses, seeding innovation and supporting early stage market work. Working capital loans will help established and emerging firms to access the capital they need to grow to attract commercial debt. Financial support will be accompanied by TA for: legal and technical advice; collecting market information; matchmaking with local supply chain partners; and helping to refine technology and business models that meet Mozambique’s needs. 2. Demand Activation: Engagement with rural consumers will educate them on the benefits of modern energy solutions, as well as mobile money and the pay as you go (PAYG) payment mechanisms. At the same time, private sector suppliers will be assisted in making their products available to ensure customer engagement can result in the purchase of improved energy systems. 3. Research and Dissemination: Research will fill gaps in the evidence base, particularly regarding adaptation of successful and emerging East African business models and experience appropriate to the Mozambican context. 4. Policy Reform and Institutional Strengthening: BRILHO will support the policy reform process through the development of the Energy Africa Compact. It will also strengthen the capacity of all stakeholders, especially by providing technical assistance (TA) to the Mozambican government’s energy institutions. The Energy Fund (FUNAE), responsible for rural energy, will receive most support given plans to handover residual BRILHO activities to FUNAE in 2022.



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