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Call for Proposals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Accelerate Clean Energy Access
The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA)
  • Mini-grid
  • Solar
  • Off-grid
  • Financing and Business Models
  • Productive Use
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Beyond the Grid Fund for Africa (BGFA) is today opening the Call for Proposals (BGFA4) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the aim of accelerating the provision of off-grid energy services in DRC by providing financing to energy service providers active in the country. Nefco, Sweden and the local energy authority ANSER are signing a joint Letter of Intent to support the programme implementation.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in Africa and has widespread energy poverty, with very limited affordable off-grid energy solutions. This first Call for Proposals therefore aims to accelerate the market entry and scale-up of commercially sustainable businesses in the country with a focus on reaching underserved communities in rural, peri-urban and some urban areas.

Interested energy service providers (ESPs) are invited to compete for results-based financing for expansion and scale-up of standalone solar home systems, mini-grids and productive use-of-energy solutions in the country. More information and a link to the online application system are available on beyondthegrid.africa.

This fourth BGFA Call for Proposals is expected to offer incentives to off-grid energy service providers to establish up to 110,000 energy connections and some 50 high-tier productive use connections that will benefit more than 500,000 people in DRC. The total financing available under this fourth Call for Proposals is EUR 15 million. The indicative individual contract ticket size per company is expected to be EUR 1-5 million. It is expected that project implementation will start in 2023 and continue until the end of 2027. The BGFA4 funding is provided by Sweden.

A two-stage application process

The BGFA4 application process is divided into two stages: a Pre-Qualification stage and a Final Application stage. The purpose of the Pre-Qualification stage is to ensure Applicants’ compliance with the key eligibility criteria and minimum technical and financial capacity requirements.

The Pre-Qualification stage is open for applications through an online application system. The application forms in the system will open at 16:00 Helsinki time (UTC +3) on 21 June 2022. The application system will close for submissions of Pre-Qualification applications on 29 August 2022. The Pre-Qualification stage, including a review of the applications, is expected to be completed by early October 2022.

Applicants are requested to send any questions regarding the call and application process through the online application system at the latest by 25 July 2022. Answers will be published in a generic form and made available to all registered applicants in the application system on 9 August 2022. Please only post questions related to the BGFA4 Call for Proposals via the online application system’s support section, as specified in the Pre-Qualification Guidelines.

For further information about the Call for Proposals:

Visit beyondthegrid.africa and register for the online application system to apply for funding.

Download Pre-Qualification Guidelines for more information on the application process and eligibility criteria.

For further information, please contact:

Dennis Hamro-Drotz, Senior Programme Manager at Nefco dennis.hamro-drotz@nefco.int, +358 10 6180 641

Aleksandra Reskalenko, Programme Officer

aleksandra.reskalenko@nefco.int, +358106180490