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Webinar: Mobilizing Commercial Finance to Achieve Universal Energy Access Across Sub-Saharan Africa


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13 February 2018
9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time | 3:30 p.m. Central European Time

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with United Nations Foundation's Energy Access Practitioner Network, is hosting a no-cost webinar on Mobilizing Commercial Finance to Achieve Universal Energy Access Across Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent groundbreaking research by Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors and the Shell Foundation shows that the off-grid energy industry in Africa requires a massive increase in commercial investment. The competition among enterprises in the market is flourishing, and scalable solutions are emerging in a variety of geographies. Yet there remains a massive gap between available capital and the amount of financing required to scale up these businesses to serve the more than 125 million households in Africa that still lack access to modern energy services.

According to this new research, the off-grid energy sector in Africa requires $32 billion of commercial capital, including $1 billion of catalytic grant/blended capital, plus funding to address a $4 billion affordability gap for underserved populations that cannot afford entry-level systems. Please join panelists from Shell Foundation, Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors, GOGLA, and the UN Foundation to discuss this industry capital gap and potential solutions.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive question-and-answer session with the audience.
Panelists for this webinar include:
Jem Porcaro, Senior Director for Energy Access, United Nations Foundation
Sam Parker, Director, Shell Foundation
Koen Peters, Executive Director, GOGLA
Dan Murphy, CEO, Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors.

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