Updated Jul 30, 2018

REACT SSA Ethiopia competition

Offered by Department for International Development as part of UK Aid Direct

The competition will award innovative and transformational business models that help people to access electricity through off-grid solar household systems and give commercially viable businesses the developmental support to create sustainable Household (HS)markets. Through this we shall ensure thataccess to electricity is affordable to the rural and peri-urban poor; capture and disseminate ecosystem lessons on how solar household systems delivers positive social and economic impact. The countries targeted include Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.

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Open Year RoundDeadline
$100,000 - $1,500,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 2: Research & Development
Created inEthiopia
Implemented in:
Focus AreasEnergy and Social Impact Investing
Gender and Inclusion

  • Your company is a private sector for-profit enterprise aligned with the funding focus areas and target technologies.
  • Your company is legally registered and physically established in Ethiopia.
  • Your project idea will be implemented in Ethiopia.
  • Total grant funds requested from AECF must be between US$100,000 and US$1,500,000.
  • Your company (including 3rd parties such as co-investors or banks and other lenders) is providing at least 50% of the requested funds from AECF. Up to 25% of the matching funds may be in kind. Examples of acceptable in-kind contributions can include sweat equity; allocations of stock; or existing machinery and equipment allocated for use in the proposed project.
  • The project must deliver low cost, affordable, quality clean energy products and services that benefit the rural, peri urban poor or internally displaced persons; especially women.
  • You must demonstrate that the project will contribute to environmental sustainability, including environmental and climate change aspects.
  • Your company must be compliant with fundamental in country and international human rights, labour standards, environmental management laws.
  • Your company must NOT be involved in any act of terrorism or support terrorists’ activities and must allow regular due diligence on this.

Application Directions

The firststage involves submitting the initial Concept Note application, setting out your project idea being proposed to the AECF REACT SSA Ethiopia Competition for funding.

The deadline for your Concept Note application is 7 September 2018 at midnight East African Time.Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Application And Awards Process

If your application is successful, you will be notified by 26 October 2018


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