Universal Green Energy Access Programme (UGEAP)

Universal Green Energy Access Programme (UGEAP)

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 - 1,881 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

14 Oct 2016

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

12 Mar 2021

Under implementation


One region

  • Africa

Seven countries

Two priority groups

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

GCF financing

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

General media inquiries

GCF Communications
Phone +82 32 4458 6338 (KST)
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GCF Information Disclosure
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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 6155 (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
Ms. Susanne Kern
Taunusanlage 12, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone +46-69-910-60585
More contacts

National Designated Authority

Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development
Mr. Martin Pépin Aïna
Director General, Division of Climate Change
01 BP 3502 - 01 BP 3621, Cotonou, Benin
Phone +229 96613936
Mr. Théodore Cossi Domingo
01 BP 3502 - 01 BP 3621, Cotonou, Benin
Phone +229 97764297
United Republic of Tanzania
Vice President's Office
Ms. Mary N Maganga
Permanent Secretary
P.O.Box 2502, Dodoma, Tanzania
Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Mr. Paulus Ashili
Mr. Timoteus Mufeti
Mr Petrus Muteyauli
Deputy Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Department of Environmental Affairs
Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Private Bag 13306, Windhoek, Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
The National Treasury
Mr. Julius Muia
Principal Secretary
Treasury Building, Harambee Avenue, P.O Box 30007-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone +254 20 224 0051
Mr. Peter Odhengo
Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Finance
Phone +254 722 984992
Mr. Hillary Korir
Federal Ministry of Environment
Mrs. Halima Bawa-Bwari
Deputy Director and Overseeing Head, Department of Climate Change
Plot 444, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria
Phone +234 803 311 9734
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission
Mrs. Tirhas Mebrahtu
P.O.BOX 12760, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mr. Habtamu Denboba
Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Mr. Keith Muhakanizi
Permanent Secretary / Secretary to the Treasury
Phone +256 414 707 135
Mr. Andrew Masaba
Principal Economist / Climate Finance Desk Officer, Development Assistance and Regional Cooperation


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