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Mecktilda and Stefano with their solar lighting kit, local agents for Global Cycle Solutions, a solar energy provider, in their village near Mwanza, Tanzania. Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development DFID
As the demand for high integrity, African-originated carbon credits increases, we believe there is a unique opportunity to further leverage carbon markets to address the significant financing gap for climate action in the continent.
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The most appropriate technology to enable electricity access— grid extension, standalone systems, or mini-grids serving clusters of customers—varies with the context. Demand, population density, and distance to existing grid infrastructure are crucial factors influencing the cost competitiveness of different solutions.
Solar panels on Manoa dispensary, Taita Taveta County - Kenya.
For communities in remote and deprived regions of Kenya, access to dependable electricity in schools and clinics is a lifeline, facilitating improved medical care and paving the way to a brighter future for learners.
An Oorja customer irrigating his crop. Credit: Oorja
Productive Use of Energy (PUE) appliances are a range of energy-enabled products that, when used by customers, help them to generate additional or new sources of income. Evidence has shown that the use of PUE products drives higher productivity, increased income and improved quality of life.
Biogas can be made from food waste. GettyImages
In sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people (more than 50% of the population) are without access to electricity. Malawi has one of the world’s lowest electricity access rates – just 14.1% of the total population have access to the main grid. In rural areas, the electrification access rate is even lower, estimated at 5.6% in 2021.
Long before crowdsourcing became a worldwide phenomenon, “Harambee” (“pulling together”) was the Kenyan national motto. In postcolonial Kenya, fundraising became a way to build schools and hospitals and pay school fees for bright low-income students.

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