Africa LEDS Partnership

Low Emission Development Strategies in Africa

INVITATION! Inaugural Meeting of the Revived AfLP AFOLU CoP

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INVITATION!
Inaugural Meeting of the Revived AfLP AFOLU CoP

DATE: Wednesday 09 September, 2020 TIME: 15h00 – 16h30 (SAST)
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We would like to cordially invite you to our inaugural meeting of the revitalised AFOLU CoP. As stated in our previous communication to you, this session will be an opportunity introduce the AfLP Secretariat and the Unique Forestry and Landuse teams as well as get to know you and hear from you all as members. 

We will consult and agree on the work programme and CoP priorities for the rest of 2020-2021.

This CoP is expected to be interactive and demand-driven to meet members’ needs, therefore participants also play a big role in agenda and priority setting and are encouraged to engage early in discussions and share their experiences, especially in this first meeting. We look forward to hearing more about your background, experiences, challenges and possibly  ideas for this CoP. 

Please click the link below to register for the discussion to be held on September 09, 2020 at 15h00 SAST

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Invitation: The AMG-CoP “coffee-break” Thematic Discussion #1: Long-Term Planning and Economic Recovery

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The AMG-CoP “coffee-break” Thematic Discussion #1: Long-Term Planning and Economic Recovery

DATE: Thursday 10 September, 2020 TIME: 16h00 – 17h30 (SAST)
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Greetings from the Africa LEDS Partnership Secretariat! We hope that this finds you well. We would like to cordially invite you to our first “coffee break” thematic discussion on: 

Long-Term Planning and Economic Recovery

As countries recover from COVID-19, there will be a need for dedicated investment and government action to revitalize hard-hit economies. Reductions in the labor force and tourism due to restrictions on movement and economic losses, as well as disruptions in global supply chains will likely lead to declines in production and private-sector investment, and a multitude of negative impacts for individuals, businesses and economies. 

This recovery also presents an opportunity. Investment in minigrids and sustainable technology can help put individuals back to work, revitalize local and national economies, enable resilience, and help meet energy access goals. As part of this, many countries and jurisdictions may be thinking about visions and action plans to drive forward economic recovery through clean energy investments, business support, and workforce development.  

How can countries think about recovery and future resilience in a more holistic way? What is the role of electrification and indeed the entire energy sector within the context of economic recovery? How can we encourage and develop more resilient, low emission plans that reflect ambitious national goals and priorities for economic recovery that maximize positive social, economic and environmental impacts as countries emerge from the COVID-19 crisis? 

In addition to providing an open forum for learning and exchange on priority topics, this coffee chat is intended to benefit AMG CoP members in two concrete ways: 

  1. It will provide a critical opportunity for members to share their technical assistance and learning needs with both the AMG CoP secretariat and their peers, which will serve as crucial channel for the AMG CoP secretariat to identify and match technical assistance and training activities to member countries.  
  2. Participation in this discussion will provide a chance for members to inform and help design the future direction and activities of the AMG CoP, directly contributing to the development of next year’s AMG CoP work-plan. 


The Session will be moderated By Tim Reber (N-REL), and will be held as a highly interactive session, with all members encouraged to contribute actively to the discussion – especially with perspectives and experiences form their respective countries and institutions.

Please click the button below to register for the discussion to be held on September 10, 2020 at 16h00 SAST

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The AfLP AMG-CoP Meeting 7 Gone Virtual

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The AfLP AMG-CoP Meeting 7 Gone Virtual

The AfLP AMG-CoP hosted its 7th meeting as a four-part virtual workshop series over three weeks in April and May. Strengthening the case for Mini-grids in Africa: Connecting the dots across rural electrification, climate resilience and sustainable development, originally planned for the sides of Africa Climate Week in Uganda, successfully brought together over 120 practitioners to carry on the AMG CoP’s peer-learning and exchange platform via virtual engagement.

The series kicked off on April 16 with a closed session for AMG-CoP members to catch up on the latest developments, review the AMG CoP general work programme for the year, and introduce the AMG CoP’s shift to the virtual space. The AfLP used this opportunity to discuss and consult with members on the current Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on the AfLP work programme for 2020, as well as the emerging regional and country needs. 

The second session—Making energy access through mini-grids affordable: The role of governments and international climate finance—was held back-to-back with the first session on April 1. This open session explored the current mini-grid climate finance landscape in Africa and how tapping into available climate finance can strengthen both rural electrification and climate action. We looked at the financing landscape assessment that has been developed by the LEDS GP Finance Working Group and heard from AMG CoP members Alexander Obiechina of ACOB Lighting, Alex Ochs of SD Strategies, and Alexia Kelly of Electric Capital, as well as climate fund representative Geoff Sinclair from CAMCO Clean Energy.

This session was also Alexia Kelly’s last engagement with the AMG CoP in her role as Finance Working Group lead.

The third session—Exploring the rural electrification – climate resilience – sustainable development nexus—took place on April 30. The session aimed to explore the role of mini-grids in the current climate plans of Sub-Saharan African governments and discuss how a stronger focus on mini-grid-based rural electrification can increase climate ambition while delivering multiple sustainable development co-benefits. The session also delved into the co-benefits of mini-grid-based rural electrification, we heard from NREL about the landscape assessment of mini-grids in NDCs, in addition to perspectives from the ground on the integration of electrification, sustainable development and climate action at project level.

The final session, held on May 7, was a closed session for AMG-CoP members to discuss key take-aways from the virtual workshop series and share experiences from their countries on how integrated rural electrification-climate-sustainable development planning can be put into practice. The concluded with a joint discussion on the next milestones for the AMG CoP, plans for continued virtual engagement, and a member survey of key topics of interest for their respective countries and regions.

This virtual workshop, organized in response to travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, represented the AMG CoP’s largest yet virtual engagement. Going forward, the AMG CoP aims to launch a series of virtual “coffee break” sessions to provide a continued virtual platform for members to engage with one another and discuss the collective challenges, lessons, and opportunities they face as minigrid practitioners in Africa. As the global COVID-19 situation evolves, the AMG CoP will continue to move its work plans online as it aims to continue to provide the same trusted and member-driven resources for the community.

The recordings and presentations from the open sessions are available below:

Concept Note: AFOLU Community of Practice 2020

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Concept Note: AFOLU Community of Practice 2020

Countries in Africa are championing efforts to catalyze low emission climate-resilient development. As a key aspect of their efforts, countries are leading work in the AFOLU sector that align with key socio-economic development goals. To further these efforts and enable peer learning and application of learning to key policy measures and actions, the Africa LEDS Partnership and the AFOLU Working Group are partnering to re-launch an Africa AFOLU Community of Practice (CoP). The Africa AFOLU CoP is intended to be an interactive network comprised of national and subnational governments, technical institutions, businesses, non-profits and other international organizations addressing real-time policy and technical challenges and solutions related to the AFOLU sector. It is a platform for ongoing collaboration to allow for deeper learning and sustained participation, continuous access to tools and expert assistance, and to foster champions that will serve as role models for other countries in the regions. The AFOLU CoP is designed to be demand driven to meet members’ needs and will offer support and solutions to early movers as needs emerge. Objectives of the CoP are highlighted below.

The AFOLU CoP is designed to be demand-driven to meet members’ needs and offer support and solutions to early movers. Objectives
of the CoP are highlighted below.

Download the concept here

Africa Minigrids Community of Practice Remote “Coffee Break” Discussions

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Africa Minigrids Community of Practice Remote “Coffee Break” Discussions

Launch discussion: DATE: Wednesday 22 July, 2020 TIME: 15h00 (SAST)

(For AfLP AMG-COP Members Only)
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Overview

This year the AMG CoP will be launching a series of remote, topical discussion groups. These informal “coffee break” style discussions are intended to keep the AMG CoP community connected as COVID-19 concerns keep us working from home and continue to limit our ability to connect through in-person meetings. The purpose of these discussion groups is to provide an open and informal forum for members to explore and discuss a variety of key issues of interest to AMG CoP members. Think of these sessions as a virtual replacement for the various breakout discussions, group coffee breaks, etc. that are usually part of our in-person workshops and provide opportunity for more casual, in-depth small group discussion.

3-4 topical groups will be established as interest dictates. Some initial topics are suggested below. Once groups are formed, members will be encouraged to determine how best to run each group (e.g. when and how often to meet, what platform to use, how narrow or broad a topic to discuss, etc.). A member of the AMG CoP secretariat team will join each meeting as well to support and help facilitate discussions. These groups will ideally meet 2-4 times each month between now and September.

As these groups meet, we encourage each group to consider some sort of output or product the group would like to create together based on their conversation. For example, perhaps the group might co-write a short blog post based on their discussion that would be published on the LEDS GP website. We will also come together for another virtual meeting later in the year during which each group will be able to share the highlights and lessons from their group discussion with the rest of the AMG CoP membership and to hear about other groups’ discussions.

At the end of the day, we encourage members to take these groups and make them their own. While we may not be able to travel to meet in person this year, we want to make sure we keep our strong AMG CoP community. We hope this groups will provide a casual, fun way for us all to continue to explore the latest minigrid relate issues that are of interest to all of us!

Proposed Topics

Long-term planning and economic recovery

As countries recover from COVID-19, there will be a need for dedicated investment and government action to revitalize hard-hit economies. Reductions in the labor force and tourism due to restrictions on movement and economic losses, as well as disruptions in global supply chains will likely lead to declines in production and private-sector investment, and a multitude of negative impacts for individuals, businesses and economies.

This recover also present an opportunity. Investment in minigrids and sustainable technology can help put individuals back to work, revitalize local and national economies, enable resilience, and help meet energy access goals. As part of this, many countries and jurisdictions may be thinking about visions and action plans to drive forward economic recovery through clean energy investments, business support, and workforce development.

How can countries think about recovery and future resilience in a more holistic way? What is the role of electrification and indeed the entire energy sector within the context of economic recovery? How can we encourage and develop more resilient, low emission plans that reflect ambitious national goals and priorities for economic recovery that maximize positive social, economic and environmental impacts as countries emerge from the COVID-19 crisis?  

Integrating MGs with climate and SDGs?

Access to affordable energy is recognized as essential for humanity to develop and thrive, but the adoption of new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 marked a new level of political recognition of the importance of energy to development. The SDGs include a target to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all and is crucial to the achievement of many of the other SDGs.  

Access goes beyond simply connecting households if it is to lead to economic and social development. Electricity needs to also cater to income-generating activities and public services.  

Given the challenge facing most countries when it comes to extending the grid it is crucial to look at alternative means of achieving universal access. The integration of off-grid energy solutions is increasingly important to maintaining the momentum towards achieving SDGs.  

How can MGs be more effectively deployed as a clean solution to energy access? What are the barriers – technical, financial, or regulatory – that need to be overcome in order to MGs to be fully integrated into the discussion around achieving both SDGs and Climate goals? 

Fundraising and outreach strategies for the AMG CoP

The AMG CoP aims to be a vibrant, member-driven and member-owned community. The AMG CoP Secretariat team still relies on support from the international donor community to manage the day-to-day business of CoP, support member engagement and deliver high-quality, targeted technical content. In order to grow both its depth and reach, additional fundraising will be necessary.

This aim of this discussion group will be to focus on how we as a community can effectively continue to grow and flourish. For its first three years the AMG CoP Secretariat has pursued outreach and fundraising mostly in the background. This year, through this group, we would like to bring those members who are interested directly into the conversation to brainstorm and together craft a comprehensive fundraising strategy and messaging. How can the AMG CoP be more effective about outreach to potential donors? Are there particular partners we could or should be targeting? How can we best engage CoP members to help message and drive partner outreach?

Inter-connected MGs for peri-urban areas

To be further discussed and clarified

Please send us an email to Africasecretariat@ledsgp.org  with any queries about joining the AfLP or the AMG-CoP

AFOLU CoP Relaunches, with Focus on Livestock Sector in Africa

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AFOLU CoP Relaunches, with Focus on Livestock Sector in Africa

The Africa LEDS Partnership  is proud to  relaunch its  Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use (AFOLU) CoP  in collaboration with the AFOLU Working Group and  UNIQUE forestry and  land use. The CoP will initially cover learning and technical collaboration related to common topics and challenges in the livestock sector in Africa.

As the nature of CoPs is demand-driven and highly participatory, members will formulate specific needs and demands for priority topics under this CoP related to for example:

  • Integrating livestock and climate change policies
  • Accounting and emission factors for GHG and NDC reporting 
  • Rangeland management, with a view to mitigation and adaptation
  • Addressing enteric methane emissions
  • Strategies for small-scale producers and large-scale commercial production 

The CoP with take a two-stream approach to the work in 2020: 

  • Stream 1: will focus on polices & governance, including options and needs for a more effective integration of livestock actions into their NDCs, LTS and other implementation strategies and action plans; and
  • Stream 2: will focus on technical challenges & implementation, i.e. innovative approaches and upscaling proven solutions for specific implementation bottlenecks.

Interested parties can write to us if they have any questions or need additional information, and also refer to the Africa AFOLU CoP concept note.

Webinar recording: Formulating long-term, climate-resilient development strategies for agriculture

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Duration: 60 minutes

This webinar introduced participants to the programme established by the African Group of Negotiators Expert Support (AGNES) – under AfLP co-chair Dr George Wamukoya – together with its partners, to support four countries, namely: Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to formulate agricultural LTS/updating of agricultural component of NDCs. A guideline will be developed to help countries in aligning LTS and successive NDCs.

Watch the recording here:

Facilitator

Josh OgadaSecretariat Lead, Africa LEDS Partnership (AfLP) – SouthSouthNorth

Download Josh’s presentation HERE.

Speakers

Dr George WamukoyaAfLP Co-Chair, and  Team Leader, Africa Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES)

Download George’s presentation HERE.

Kingsley Amoako – Kingsley has worked with the Directorate of Crop Services, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana, since February 1989. He has been the head of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Management Unit of the Directorate of Crop Services, Ministry of Food and Agriculture since 2016. The Unit is responsible for coordinating climate change issues in Ghana’s agriculture sector. Kingsley led the development of the agriculture component of Ghana’s NDC and the third and fourth National Communication to the UNFCCC.

Download Kingsley’s presentation HERE.

Veronica Ndetu – Veronica works for the Ministry of Agriculture, livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives as the coordinator of the Climate Change Unit. Holds a BSc degree in Agriculture and MSc degree in Seed Science and Technology. She coordinates the Multi-stakeholder Platform for CSA, which facilitates partnerships among state and non-state actors at both National and County levels in areas of CSA research. She is also a member of the Kenyan and African Climate Group of Negotiators and is involved in the Koronivia Joint work on Agriculture (KJWA) discussions and coordinates the drafting of the Kenya submissions.

Download Veronica’s presentation HERE.

Mr Stephen Muwaya – With a background in agricultural and environmental sciences Stephen Muwaya is a senior range ecologist responsible for sustainable land management and climate smart agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries of Uganda. He is the Uganda national focal point for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and a member of the Uganda Climate Change Policy Committee and participates actively in the Agriculture Climate Change Negotiations under the UNFCCC and he led the agriculture component of the Second National Communication to the UNFCCC.

Morton Mwanza – Morton Mwanza currently works as a Principal Vegetables Production Officer. He is the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Focal Point Person in the Ministry of Agriculture, coordinates all activities related to CSA in Zambia. From 2013 to date, he has represented the Zambian Government at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties following negotiations on issues related to Agriculture. He is a member of the Africa Group of Negotiators Experts Support (AGNES) network.

Download Morton’s presentation HERE.

Download the list of Q&As HERE.

Workshop Series: Strengthening the case for Mini-grids in Africa

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The LEDS GP is pleased to invite you to join the Africa LEDS Partnership virtual Workshop Series on “Strengthening the case for Mini-grids in Africa: Connecting the dots across rural electrification, climate resilience and sustainable development”. 

This is part of a four session virtual workshop series to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing on African mini-grids. 

16 April | 15:30 – 16:30 SAST/ 16:30 – 17:30 EAST 
Session 1
: Introduction to the workshop and 2020 work programme (60 mins).

A private session for AMG-CoP members to catch up, introduce our general work programme (WP) for the year, discuss the current situation, our concept for the workshop, its shift to the virtual space and the planned programme. The AfLP used this opportunity to discuss and consult with members on the current Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on the AfLP work programme for 2020, as well as the emerging regional and country needs. 

16 April | 16:40 – 17:30 SAST/ 17:40 – 18:30 EAST 
Session 2: Making energy access through mini-grids affordable: The role of governments and international climate finance (60 mins).

This session explored the current mini-grid climate finance landscape in Africa and how tapping into available climate finance can strengthen both rural electrification and climate action. We looked at the financing landscape assessment that has been developed by the Finance Working Group, and heard from selected AMG-CoP members, as well as a Climate Fund representative.

Facilitator
Josh Ogada (SouthSouthNorth ) 

Speakers 
Alexia Kelly (Electric Capital) 
Alexander Obiechina (ACOB Lighting) 
Geoff Sinclair (CAMCO Clean Energy)
Alexander Ochs (SD Strategies)

Watch the recording below:

Download the presentations: Introductory Presentation (Josh Ogada); Alexia Kelly Presentation; Geoff Sinclair Presentation.

30 April | 15:30 – 17:00 SAST/ 16:30 – 18:00 EAST
Session 3: Exploring the rural electrification – climate resilience – sustainable development nexus (90 mins).

This session assessed the role of mini-grids in the current NDCs of Sub-Saharan African governments and discussed how a stronger focus on mini-grid-based rural electrification can increase climate ambition while delivering multiple sustainable development co-benefits. The session also delved into the co-benefits of mini-grid-based rural electrification, we heard from NREL about the landscape assessment of mini-grids in NDCs, in addition to perspectives from the ground on the integration of electrification, sustainable development and climate action at project level.

Host
Josh Ogada (SouthSouthNorth ) 

Speakers 
Alexander Ochs (SD Strategies) 
Franz Kottulinsky (Rift Valley)
Ieva Indriunaite (SD Strategies)
Dr Victor Osu (Rural Electrification Agency Nigeria)

Watch the recording below:

The Q&A list can be downloaded here.

Download the presentations: Josh and Alex’s combined slides; Franz Kottulinsky presentation; Ieva Indriunaite presentation

7 May | 15:30 – 17:00 SAST/ 16:30 – 18:00 EAST
Session 4: Exploring the rural electrification – climate resilience – sustainable development nexus (90 mins).

A private session for the AMG-CoP members to discuss their key take-aways from the virtual workshop and share experiences from their countries on how integrated rural electrification-climate-sustainable development planning can be put into practice. The session will conclude with a joint discussion on the next milestones for the CoP and a member survey of key topics of interest for their respective countries and regions.

This is a private session for AMG-CoP members only 

Facilitator
Josh Ogada (SouthSouthNorth ) 

Speakers 
Ieva Indriunaite (SD Strategies) 
Alexia Kelly (Electric Capital) 
Alexander Ochs (SD Strategies) 
Tim Reber (NREL) 
Additional Speakers and contributors TBC 

AMG-CoP members: You will receive a separate invite for the closed Sessions. However please do register for the open sessions using the links provided above

About: 
The African Mini-Grid Community of Practice (AMG-CoP) – a collaborative network of 16 African country governments – has identified mini-grids as a central element of developing a decarbonised, climate-resilient energy services sector for the nearly 600 million people across Africa who lack access to affordable, safe and clean energy. Mini-grids answer the call for solutions that deliver climate change mitigation and resilience, while also advancing economic and social development benefits. In 2020, governments around the world are required to submit their revised Nationally Determined Contribution strategies for reducing global carbon emissions. This creates a unique opportunity to strengthen the rural electrification – climate resilience – sustainable development nexus. 

Starting 16 April 2020, the AMG-CoP will convene a virtual 4-session workshop for its members and the broader community of energy access practitioners. This unique event will bring together (in the virtual space) African government leaders, climate finance experts, financial institutions and investors, as well as mini-grid developers and operators. The virtual workshop will assess the role of mini-grids in the current NDCs of Sub-Saharan African governments, discuss how a stronger focus on mini-grid-based rural electrification can increase climate ambition while delivering multiple sustainable development co-benefits, and identify the role of governments and international climate finance in this regard. 

This workshop will explore questions such as: 
• How can the sustainable development objectives of electrification, economic development and climate change mitigation and resilience be more effectively integrated? 
• How can energy access in Africa be advanced through climate finance? 
• How can public-private partnerships deliver enhanced electrification and other key community benefits, while also contributing to a stronger bottom line (economic performance) and more attractive investment environment for the private sector? 


The workshop will be co-convened by the Africa LEDS Partnership (AfLP) as well as the Finance Working Group and the Energy Working Group of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 

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AMG-CoP: 2019 Highlights and 2020 Priorities

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AMG-CoP: 2019 Highlights and 2020 Priorities

Scaling Mini-grids Through Government-to-Government Collaboration

2019 was a big year for the African Mini-Grids Community of Practice (AMG-CoP). This coalition of 16 African member governments advanced key objectives across 5 priority areas of work all focused on fostering African leadership that supports mini-grids as a key energy access and economic development solution. The AMG-CoP is centered on empowering government leaders through peer engagement and knowledge exchange, with targeted expert input on key topics of interest identified by members. In 2019, the AMG-CoP: 

  • Called for Scaled Action and Support for Mini-grids in Africa: Members issued a communique at the 5th AMG-CoP meeting in Berlin, Germany, that called on governments, the donor community, philanthropists, and the private sector to increase action on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 and work towards meeting Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets for the energy sector in African countries. The communique highlighted the role of high-level political engagement and country-to-country exchanges, training, and technical collaboration as well as for needed support for accelerated work on access to international climate funds, support for local public and private finance mobilization, and finance de-risking strategy development and deployment. 
  • Engaged Across Governments and with the Private Sector: The Governments of Nigeria and Ethiopia conducted bilateral diplomatic and technical exchanges on mini-grid policy and regulatory frameworks with in-county meetings and site visits. These exchanges were highly successful and addressed core issues the governments are grappling with in their mini-grid deployment strategy including: policy and regulatory frameworks, tariffing structures, subsidy and ownership models, the importance of productive use, community engagement strategies, and incentive schemes. These government-to-government exchanges were identified as highly valuable in increasing internal government support and buy-in for integrating clean energy mini-grids into electrification efforts.  
  • Learned from Experts and Each Other: Members engaged in deep-dive, in-person training and exchange on mini-grid financing strategies, including blended financing strategies, access to international climate finance resources, public-private partnership models, and private capital mobilization strategies. The finance-focused work also explored the linkages between policy and regulation and finance mobilization and included targeted public-private dialogue on financing strategies and issues.

Looking Ahead in 2020: Scaled Resources Will be Required  

While investments from public and private sources in mini-grids are on the rise, the pace and magnitude of financing available is far below what is needed to scale the sector and achieve the UN SDGs.

The World Bank’s ESMAP programme estimates that “achieving universal access by 2030 will require the construction of more than 210,000 mini-grids globally, connecting 490 million people at an investment cost of almost $220 billion dollars.” To meet those targets nearly 21,000 mini-grids and more than $20 billion in investment — per year, every year — for the next decade will be required.

Current mini-grid deployment figures are pacing well below that, with only 7,500 mini-grids currently being planned across 57 countries with only $12 billion of investment slated. While the majority of those — nearly 4,000 — are being planned in Africa, only two countries, Nigeria and Senegal, account for half of that number.

Mini-grid development in Nigeria and Senegal represents important bright spots, but a network of developers, financiers and supportive regulatory structures across Africa will need to be rapidly developed and scaled to advance at the pace necessary to meet the SDGs. Significant progress has been made in a number of countries across these fronts that can be leveraged and built upon as new countries step up to the challenge and move to integrate clean energy mini-grids into their electrification efforts.

AMG-CoP 2020 Finance Priorities

The AMG-CoP member countries are ready and have identified finance mobilization as a key area of work. Finance-specific work in 2020 will focus on: 

  • Reducing Risk: Exploring mini-grid finance risk mitigation through hybrid ownership models, innovative business models and blended finance, with a particular focus on unlocking local capital sources and advancing direct community benefit, leveraging lessons learned from across the globe. 
  • Learning from Each Other: Supporting further peer-to-peer exchange and engagement on mini-grid finance strategies across governments as well as with other key players in the mini-grid finance sector, including: banks, the private sector, international financial institutions, and philanthropy. 
  • Linking Energy Access and Climate Finance: Accessing climate finance for mini-grid scale up in AMG-CoP member countries through climate finance mapping and identifying access channels and partners. More explicitly linking energy access and climate change mitigation and adaptation work, particularly in the energy sector, is a priority for member countries. To achieve scale, clearly integrating electrification and energy access efforts into NDC implementation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and their associated sources of funding and technical support will be necessary.  
  • Harnessing Finance Innovation: Building on innovation in finance for mini-grid scaling through applied demonstration projects and programmes, including by working with the AMG-CoP members on innovative approaches to financing mini-grids, such as: blended finance, hybrid ownership models and public-private partnerships, crowdfunding, cryptocurrency, and other approaches. Member countries prioritized creating channels and pathways for innovative new approaches for energy access and clean energy mini-grid deployment to be piloted and scaled in their markets. 

2020 marks an important year in the march towards universal electrification and the AMG-CoP looks forward to further collaboration and partnership towards that end. 

To find out more about the AMG-CoP, please consult the concept note available here. If you actively work in the mini-grid landscape and would like to become a member, please contact the African LEDS Secretariat at AFRICASECRETARIAT@LEDSGP.ORG


Background

The African Mini-Grids Community of Practice (AMG-CoP) is a peer-to-peer working group for African government leaders committed to scaling up mini-grid policies and systems in their countries. The AMG-CoP is an initiative of the Africa LEDS Partnership (AfLP) supported by the LEDS GP Energy Working Group and LEDS GP Finance Working Group. This unique partnership is centered on peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange among governments, and a member-driven process. 
The goal of the AMG-CoP is to advance the application of mini-grids as a key energy access and economic development solution that assists countries in achieving their economic, social development, and energy sector goals, as well as their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.

AMG-CoP: 2019 Meetings

AMG-CoP Meeting 5 – Berlin, Germany

The AfLP hosted a 2 day workshop for members of the AMG-CoP in Berlin on 10 – 11 June 2019. This crash course was delivered in collaboration with the LEDS GP Finance Working Group, the Energy Working Group, and NREL and took place on the margins of the Global NDC Conference.

This workshop brought together 15 participants representing 10 African countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Cameroon, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

The objective of this workshop was to explore innovative business models for mini-grid acceleration in Africa. Day 1 kicked off with an overview of the various models for mini-grids: Public, Public-Private, Private, and Community-Owned. Proceeding this overview were presentations of relevant case studies, conversations and strategies on creating an enabling environment for productive end use, and a roundtable discussion on the importance of community engagement in the mini-grid development process. Topics covered in Day 2 included an overview of the mini grid finance landscape, peer-to-peer learning exchange report outs, crowdfunding opportunities for mini-grids, tools and resources for mini-grid scale-up, and a breakout discussion on key financing gaps in the minigrid market.

AMG-CoP Meeting 6 – Cape Town, South Africa

The AfLP hosted a crash course for members and non-members of the AMG-CoP in Cape Town on 13 September 2019. The crash course was delivered in collaboration with the LEDS GP Finance Working Group and NREL and took place on the fringe of the Global Climate Divest/Invest Summit.

The crash course brought together 21 participants from 13 countries comprising largely government officials, private sector representatives including the African Mini-Grid Developers Association (AMDA), and donor agencies.

The objective of the crash course was to focus on providing foundational knowledge on key aspects of the enabling environment for mini-grids to help new entrant countries evaluate, strategically plan and develop successful and sustainable mini-grid programs of their own.

Participants at the AMG-CoP Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa

Upcoming Webinar: A Roadmap To Green Bonds Readiness

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Date: 8 November 2019

Time: 06h00 GMT / 08h00 SAST / 09h00 EAT

Duration: 60 minutes

Register for this webinar HERE

Speaker

Rob Fowler – Head of Certification, Climate Bonds Initiative (Australia)
Olumide Lala – Africa Programme Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative (Nigeria)

Facilitator

Alexia Kelly – Co-Chair, LEDS GP Financing Working Group; and CEO, Electric Capital Management (USA)

Description

Two experts from Climate Bonds Initiative will present practical insights to readiness and will give a virtual demonstration of the roadmap to green bond issuance, addressing some of the pre-conditions to ensure success. 

The webinar will accommodate a facilitated question and answer session, ensuring that participants leave with a stronger understanding of the mechanism and how green bonds can be used to finance climate-aligned infrastructure development and projects.

The webinar will be particularly useful for decision-makers in national and sub-national government and institutions engaged in supporting finance flows to NDC implementation.


This webinar is part of a series covering the project funded by the German Government under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) entitled: Mobilising Investment for NDC Implementation.

Speakers:

Rob Fowler is an expert advisor in green investments and sustainable finance. He has over 17 years of experience in this emerging sector and is seen as a global authority on key topics including green bonds, carbon markets, climate finance and sustainable development. Currently, Rob is leading Training & Advisory with the Climate Bonds Initiative, where he works in the global debt capital markets. His role is to build the human capital required to accelerate the growth of the green bond and green loan markets on the global stage. Rob regularly holds training sessions for bond issuers, underwriters, arranging banks, verifiers, regulators and policy makers to educate the market and build the local communities of green bond advocates. Over the last five years Rob has played a major role in the development and roll out of the Climate Bonds Standard & Certification Scheme, the international best practice approach for labelling bonds, loans and sukuk.

Olumide Lala is the Africa Programme Manager at the Climate Bonds Initiative. He is responsible for driving the development of green bond markets in Africa, with a particular focus on managing partnership programmes, policy advisory and market structure. Before joining Climate Bonds Initiative, Olumide Lala worked at the Nigerian Stock Exchange as Head of Transformation and Change, prior to which he held various senior capital market roles in the UK working at a number of international organisations. Olumide comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Product Development, Governance & Risk Management, Business Process Re-engineering and Stakeholder Management within the Nigerian Capital Market. He is a senior Change and Programme Manager with over 25 years of industry experience in capital markets and IT/business consulting. Olumide is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN) and member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Nigeria.

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