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Shifting the Narrative: Addressing Africa's Energy Poverty Challenge

Oxfam America

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Transforming Development Finance
  • Grant Amount $350,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2019–June 30, 2021
  • Location Boston, MA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Africa, United States

About this grant

Access to affordable energy continues to be a major development challenge facing the world’s poor, particularly in Africa. If the right policies, financing, and incentives are in place, African-led micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises could create energy solutions that will yield economic benefits for their communities while not exacerbating climate change impacts. With this renewal, Oxfam America will champion investment by the World Bank Group and African Development Bank for the deployment of clean energy technologies, distributed energy generation, and micro-grids that can help to lift communities out of poverty. To accomplish this goal, the grantee will undertake rigorous analyses of multilateral financial flows, inform ongoing policy debates, develop compelling messages that link energy access to sustainable development priorities, and engage with key international, national, and local civil society organizations.