This webinar is jointly organized by the UNDP NDC Support programme in collaboration with Stanford University ChangeLabs.

Despite this much needed investment, more than 1.1 billion people in the world, including 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, lack access to electricity (UN, 2011). Power consumption in Africa is 180 kWh per capita per annum, compared to 6,500 kWh in Europe. More than 75 per cent of the East African population is without electricity and 90 per cent depends on solid traditional biomass fuels for cooking. The challenge to increase energy access and mobilize financial resources to support energy projects in Uganda and other African countries is significant.

Increased access to renewable energy and energy efficiency is central to achieving the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. Therefore, innovative solutions are needed to help Sub-Saharan African countries to access financing, including private sector finance and become quickly well-capitalized and self-sustaining to support strategic projects with highest long-term and transformational mitigation and adaptation impacts.

In this webinar, the UNDP NDC Support programme in collaboration with Stanford University’s Stanford ChangeLabs is presenting a model for a financing platform to improve energy access in rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. The webinar will describe examples of four main stakeholders (an entrepreneur, developer, funder, and government official) that will largely benefit from the utilization of the proposed Energy Access Financing Platform.

It will also provide an overview of the structure and functionalities of the proposed web platform by speaking about how these stakeholders can use the platform to facilitate their roles in the energy development process. The pillars of the platform provide a way to visualize and categorize the functionality, purpose, and intended outcomes of the platform’s various components.

Some of the core functionalities which will be previewed include (but are not limited to) informational mapping systems, a web-based licensing process, and a standardized web-based reporting system for benchmark information such as performance, end-use, and payment data. These previews will include web-demos to clearly show how stakeholders will engage with the web platform. Finally, potential ways to fund the platform’s development, operation, and maintenance will also be discussed.


WHEN: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT




Gloria Namande, UNDP NDC Support Programme Manager, Uganda


Bill King, Stanford University

Clay Meyer, Stanford University

Kayla Economou, Stanford University


Bill King, Clay Meyer, Kayla Economou - Energy Access Financing Platform


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Posted on May 30, 2019