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Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA)

2012 - 2018

Implementing agencies

African partners
Government, Private sector

Names of African partners involved
SE4ALL Africa Hub

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

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
Denmark (DANIDA), United kingdom (DFID), United States (USAID), Italy (Ministry of Environment)

Geographical scope

Countries where active
Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad Republic, Comoros, Dem. Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali Republic, Mozambique, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mauritius

Renewables, Energy Efficiency, 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
Information and analysis, Policy support / institution building, Project preparation / implementation, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing
Grant, Equity, Early stage

Main objectives
Unlock private investments in sustainable energy by addressing challenges like initial development costs, lack of start-up capital, limited know-how of project financing and an inadequate enabling environment.

Main activities
- Project preparation grants to bring medium-scale RE generation and EE project to bankability - Equity investments (via African Renewable Energy Fund) to bridge the financing gap for small- and medium-scale RE generation projects - Enabling environment grant for creating and improving the environment for private investment in on-grid and mini-grid projects - SEFA also implements global and country-specific activities of DFID’s Green Minigrid (GMG) programme


SEFA 2016 Annual Report

Contact information
SEFA Secretariat – Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department

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