Participation in Energy Access Relief Facility ("EARF")

Participation in Energy Access Relief Facility ("EARF")

Sub-Saharan Africa faces unique and acute challenges in the global fight to mitigate and adapt to climate change. On one front, the impacts of climate change are predicted to be more severe. At the same time, 548 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity and instead have to rely on kerosene and diesel generators for lighting, while another 900 million (85% of the population) lack access to clean cooking fuels and technologies, causing rapid deforestation. In this context, energy access companies in the region are playing a major role in providing clean energy access to vulnerable people, but they now find their continued existence in peril due to the economic effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

As the energy access sector has matured and scaled up over the years, it has shifted the development pathway of Africa towards a renewable future. This has entailed replacing gas generators with powerful solar home systems, fuelwood stoves with electric pressure cookers, and diesel water pumps with solar-powered irrigation. 

The Energy Access Relief Facility (“EARF”) is a concessional debt fund that is intended to provide energy access companies with vital liquidity during this crisis, in the form of low-interest, unsecured junior loans.  GCF will channel its investment into Climate CV, which, in turn, will participate in EARF loans to eligible companies operating in NOL countries. The aim of these loans is to help companies remain solvent, maintain staff and supply lines, be positioned to drive the post-COVID-19 recovery, and reduce 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO₂eq) in emissions. 

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


10 Jul 2020 - 127 days

Funding proposal received

10 Jul 2020

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

31 Aug 2020

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

25 Sep 2020

Cleared by iTAP

19 Oct 2020


13 Nov 2020 - 347 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

13 Nov 2020

FAA executed

09 Jul 2021

Under implementation


One region

  • Africa

Nine countries

Two priority groups

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

GCF financing

EquityUSD 30,000,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 30,000,000


Co-FinancingLoanUSD 26,300,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 3,700,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 30,000,000

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 6485 (KST)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
Phone +82 32 458 6155 (KST)
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Accredited Entity

Acumen Fund, Inc.
Ms. Lynn Roland
General Counsel
Phone +1 (212) 566-8821
Ms. Katherine Montgomery
Director of Business Development, Government Partnerships
Phone +254 716 252 802
More contacts

National Designated Authority

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
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
Democratic Republic of the Congo
National Coordination of the Green Climate Fund
Mr. Hans André Lohayo Djamba
15, Avenue Papa Iléo (ex-des Cliniques) Commune de la Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)
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
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Ms. Madeleine Diouf Sarr
Head of Climate Change Division
Parc Forestier de Hann, B.P. 4055 Dakar, Senegal, Dakar, Senegal
Ministry of Economy and Finance – National Directorate for Monitoring and Evaluation
Mr. Albano Manjate
Deputy National Director of Monitoring and Evaluation
Phone +258 828969570
Phone +258 843969570
Sierra Leone
Environment Protection Agency
Dr. Bondi Gevao
Executive Chairman
Phone +23230082924
Phone +23279049175
Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Mrs. Juliet Kabera
Director General
Ministry of National Development Planning
Mr. Francis Mpampi
National Coordinator - National Designated Authority
P.O. Box 50555, Corner of John Mbita and National, Lusaka, Zambia
Phone +260 21 1 252625


News + Stories

GCF boosts COVID-19 low-carbon energy relief with anchor investment

01 Sep 2021 / Green Climate Fund (GCF) backing has been crucial in an emergency relief fund launched today that shields clean energy companies in developing countries from COVID-19 economic shocks to keep low-carbon trajectories on track. The USD 80 million Energy Access Relief Fund (EARF) has drawn together a unique coalition of financial support for 90 companies in Africa and Asia that have been filling energy access gaps with low-carbon solutions but now face bankruptcy form the COIVD-19 fallout. EARF will keep these companies financially solvent by providing them with short-term loans.