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Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program

2016 - 2019

Implementing agencies
AfDB - SEforALL Africa Hub

African partners
Pan-African organisation, Government, Other public body, Private sector

Names of African partners involved
African Union Commission, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), different Ministries of Energy, Club-ER, the Association of Public Utilities in Africa, many mini-grid developers

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

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
African Development Bank, Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), DFID, USAID

Geographical scope

Countries where active
Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad Republic, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Mauritius

Renewables, Electricity

Sub Sectors (Electricity)

Type of intervention
High-level initiative (upstream)

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

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives
The GMG MDP aims to remove or reduce market barriers and strengthen the ecosystem for the scaling-up of GMG investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. The GMG MDP contributes to meeting the objectives of the New Deal on Energy for Africa. The Programme is achieving this goal by:  Promoting a pan-African network of expertise on GMGs;  Ensuring coherence with SEforALL Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses;  Strengthening capacity of developers to develop / operationalize GMG business models;  Engaging project financiers and supporting the development of suitable financial solutions;  Promoting a sound policy and regulatory environment;  Providing an interface with leading sector participants and groups (including the Clean Energy Mini-Grids Partnership, development partners, private sector industry associations and civil society organizations).

Main activities
The GMG MDP has been organized into five work streams or business lines: 1. Market Intelligence – aimed at providing mini-grid stakeholders with better information on potential mini grid markets throughout the continent; 2. Business Development Services – provides web-based and personalized technical assistance to GMG developers; 3. Policy Support – targets public sector players and the creation of an enabling environment for private sector investments into mini-grids; 4. Quality Assurance – aims to ensure that any mini-grids developed will be to a standard sufficient to build a positive reputation for the technologies and business models, to be introduced beginning with this second phase of the Programme; 5. Access to Finance – provides financing and financing support tools to GMG developers. During the Programme’s 1st Phase (which concluded in the Summer ’17) a number of achievements were realised, including the drafting of the GMG Africa Strategy, which was adopted by the African Union Commission, and the establishment of the GMG Help Desk ( As of the end of Q3 2017, the Programme was providing technical assistance to 54 GMG developers in 22 countries. Phase 2 of the GMG MDP (approved by the AfDB Board in April 2017) builds on the successes of Phase 1 but is larger in scale and scope.



Contact information
Daniel-Alexander Schroth, Jeff Felten,

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