Energy is fundamental to social and economic development. Energy lights up cities, powers clean drinking water supplies, runs healthcare services, fuels transport services and makes telecommunications possible. Yet billions of people lack access to the most basic energy services. Globally, 1.2 billion people are without access to electricity. More than 2.7 billion people rely on the traditional use of biomass for cooking. This causes harmful indoor air pollution and is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions across developing countries.
We see access to modern, sustainable energy services as a vehicle to support socio-economic development and combat climate change. Advances in technology are rapidly changing options available beyond national energy grids. We support a comprehensive approach to energy access that incorporates both on and off-grid solutions, which together can achieve faster and more effective access to energy.
We assist governments and private companies in the power sector across East Africa to implement strategy, policy and regulations for reliable geothermal energy generation. We work with the Nigerian and Kenyan governments to provide solar systems to light up schools and clinics. Since the start of 2016, our work in Nigeria has supported businesses to provide over 49,000 Nigerian homes with solar lighting or power systems on fully commercial terms.
Our services are demand driven, and include: consumer financing and market development, policy and institutional reform and strengthening, and mobilisation of innovative financing mechanisms.