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Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev)

2011 - ongoing

Implementing agencies
Carbon Finance Unit (World Bank)

African partners
Government, Private sector, Civil society

Names of African partners involved
African governments and ministries, project developers

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

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
World Bank

Geographical scope

Countries where active
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad Republic, Comoros, Congo, Libya, Dem. Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali Republic, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Principe, Rwanda, Senegal Republic, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia Republic, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Western Sahara, Mauritius

Renewables, Electricity, Cooking Energy

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Grid connected generation, Mini-grids, Stand-alone off-grid

Type of intervention
Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Dialogue and networking, Policy support / institution building, Project preparation / implementation, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives
The Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) supports low-carbon investments in least developed countries, using carbon-linked performance payments. It will focus on projects that improve and increase access to energy, using clean and efficient technologies

Main activities
- Demonstrate that performance-based payments for the purchase of certified carbon emission reductions (CERs) can lead to a successful and viable business model that promotes increased private sector participation, and share lessons for replication. - Influence future carbon market mechanisms so that low income countries, and especially least developed ones, receive a greater and fairer share of carbon finance, resulting in high development benefits that avoid carbon emissions. - Support low income countries in developing standardized baselines and establishing “suppressed demand” accounting standards in key areas such as rural electrification, household energy access and energy efficiency. - Contribute proposals to further improve and extend the scope of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for use by least developed countries (LDCs), in particular for Programmes of Activities (POA).



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