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Request for Application: Pilot and Scale-Up Solar PayGo in Ethiopia

  • June 10, 2021

  • Calls for Applications


Application Deadline: 17 June 2021 (23:59 EST)


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The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF is inviting applications from solar energy companies registered in Ethiopia to pilot and scale-up solar PAYGO technologies to enhance adoption and utilization of solar energy technologies in off-grid areas through leveraging digital services.

Candidates can apply to serve off-grid areas of the country through provision of solar energy technologies that leverages digital services. The candidates can be from any of the nine regional states and Addis Ababa City Administration and should serve off-grid areas of these regions.
UNCDF will provide grant and technical assistance.

Selected applicants will be signing a Performance-Based Agreement (PBA) to the selected applicants who will be technically responsive to this Request for Application. UNCDF’s contributions can be up to US$40,000 and UNCDF will award 2 to 3 applications depending on the investment readiness level and outreach potential of the solution proposed.

Applicants may apply independently or in a consortium, provided that the consortium has a pre-established partnership prior to when this request for applications was issued.

Inquiries to this request for applications may be submitted by email to

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