Universal Green Energy Access Programme (UGEAP)

Universal Green Energy Access Programme (UGEAP)

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 14 Oct 2016 at B.14
  • Est. completion 06 Jul 2042
  • ESS Category Intermediation 2

Contributing to universal access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa by scaling up investments in renewable energy from local financial markets and the international private sector.

This programme is an investment fund that will reduce GHG emissions by increasing access to clean electrical energy for mainly rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to provide financing for decentralized energy service companies for off‑grid and mini-grid systems for rural households and communities and renewable energy for industrial players.

Fossil fuel based energy production will be replaced with renewable, clean energy solutions that can meet increasing energy demand. Investments will target three types of projects. Off-grid renewable electricity energy in the form of solar home systems will be provided via an affordable payment plan. Green mini-grid projects will also be supported via companies that install, operate and maintain photovoltaic based mini-grids to sell energy services in rural communities. Finally, industrial renewable electrical energy and selected on-grid installations will be targeted, by investing in companies that provide modular, transportable, and often rented photovoltaic farms, offering SMEs and communities competitively-priced solar power. Around 50 investments will be made, totalling a volume of USD 500M over the course of five years, and via two phases.

At a later stage, the programme will work with local financial institutions to enable banks to provide long-term loans to businesses that provide clean electricity solutions. A public-private partnership instrument will leverage at least two-fold the impact of public capital through private investment.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 15 years.

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


16 Aug 2015 - 426 days

Funding proposal received

16 Aug 2015

Cleared by iTAP

30 Sep 2016


14 Oct 2016 - 2,022 days

Approved by GCF Board

14 Oct 2016

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

12 Mar 2021

FAA executed

04 Nov 2021

Under implementation

27 Apr 2022 - 782 days so far

FAA effective

27 Apr 2022

Disbursement - USD 40,000,000

24 Feb 2023

Disbursement - USD 800,000

05 Apr 2023

To be completed

06 Jul 2042 - 6,594 days to go

One region

  • Africa

Seven countries

Two priority groups

  • Least Developed Countries
  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing51% disbursed

EquityUSD 78,400,000
GrantUSD 1,600,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 80,000,000


Co-FinancingEquityUSD 9,000,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 192,600,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 20,000,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 221,600,000

GCF Contacts

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Project complaints and grievances

GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
Phone +82 32 458 6186 (KST)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6714 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

Deutsche Bank AktienGesellschaft AG
Mr. Michael Hölter

Taunusanlage 12, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone +49-69-910-30843
More contacts

National Designated Authority

Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development
Mr. Martin Aïna Primary
Director General, Division of Climate Change
01 BP 3502 - 01 BP 3621, Cotonou, Benin
Phone +229 96613936
Mr. Théodore Domingo Secondary
01 BP 3502 - 01 BP 3621, Cotonou, Benin
Phone +229 97764297
Ministry of Planning and Development
Mr Abas Ali Primary
Director, Economic Analysis and Policy
Gulele Sub-city, Woreda 1, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone +251 91 154 4526
The National Treasury
Dr Chris Kiptoo Primary
Principal Secretary
Treasury Building 12th Floor, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone +254 20 224 0051
Mr. Malik Aman Secondary
Programme Manager, National Coordination (FLLoCA)
Phone +254 720 771774
Mr. Peter Odhengo Secondary
Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Finance
Phone +254 722 984 992
Mr. Hillary Korir Secondary
Senior Economist
Phone +254 722 644736
Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Mr. Paulus Ashili Primary
Mr. Timoteus Mufeti Primary
Mr Petrus Muteyauli Primary
Deputy Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Department of Environmental Affairs
Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Private Bag 13306, Windhoek, Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
National Council on Climate Change
Dr. Salisu Dahiru Primary
Director General
Headquarters Mabushi, Abuja, Nigeria
Vice President's Office
Ms. Mary Maganga Primary
Permanent Secretary
P.O.Box 2502, Dodoma, Tanzania
Freddy Manyika Secondary
Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Mr. Ramathan Ggoobi Primary
Permanent Secretary / Secretary to the Treasury
Phone +256414707135
Mr. Andrew Masaba Secondary
Principal Economist / Climate Finance Desk Officer, Development Assistance and Regional Cooperation


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