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Beyond the Grid

2014 - ongoing

Implementing agencies
Power Africa USAID

African partners
Private sector

Names of African partners involved
40 investors and practitioners

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

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
Power Africa, DfID, Shell Foundation, Global LEAP

Geographical scope

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

Renewables, Electricity, Cooking Energy

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

Type of intervention
High-level initiative (upstream), Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Information and analysis, Project preparation / implementation

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives
Beyond the Grid leverages Power Africa’s innovative transaction-focused model to galvanize collaboration, engage in critical actions to accelerate transactions, and drive systemic reforms to facilitate future investment specifically relating to off-grid and small-scale energy solutions. Beyond the Grid has partnered with over 40 investors and practitioners that have committed to invest over $1 billion into off-grid and small-scale solutions to this market. These private sector commitments will be significant in helping Power Africa achieve its target of 60 million new connections for households and businesses.

Main activities
Beyond the Grid is accelerating off-grid electricity access, focusing on two strategic priorities. - Scaling up the household solar energy market by increasing access to financing and providing technical assistance. USAID’s Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development with founding partners the U.K. Department for International Development and the Shell Foundation, is the flagship activity advancing household solar. - Striving to identify scalable micro-grids that offer opportunities for powering rural communities and industry. Strategic partnerships with the Global Lighting & Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will further implementation of the Quality Assurance Framework for Mini-Grids (link is external).



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