Leveraging Energy Access Finance (LEAF) Framework

Leveraging Energy Access Finance (LEAF) Framework

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 01 Jul 2021 at B.29
  • Est. completion 10 Nov 2033
  • ESS Category Intermediation 2

About 570 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, and instead have to rely on kerosene and diesel generators for lighting. Meanwhile, 85 percent of the population lack access to clean cooking fuels and technologies. Failure to address these energy problems, which are holding back national development and causing rapid deforestation and dangerous levels of indoor air pollution, will severely undermine Africa’s growth and stability as a continent. 

The LEAF framework will provide decentralised renewable energy solutions to tackle the energy shortfall, while also reducing CO2 emissions and simultaneously boosting local economies and businesses. This initiative will address financial and investment barriers by deploying credit enhancement instruments and new financial products to crowd in local currency debt and commercial capital. The LEAF framework will also address adverse COVID-19 economic impacts which have limited national capacities to achieve renewable energy transition goals.  

Total project value


Tonnes of emissions avoided




Result areas

Project timeline


18 Mar 2020 - 471 days

Concept note received

18 Mar 2020

Funding proposal received

03 Feb 2021

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

07 Apr 2021

Cleared by iTAP

07 Jun 2021


01 Jul 2021 - 498 days

Approved by GCF Board

01 Jul 2021

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

25 Feb 2022

FAA executed

24 Aug 2022

Under implementation

10 Nov 2022 - 589 days so far

FAA effective

10 Nov 2022

Disbursement - USD 1,050,000

10 Jul 2023

To be completed

10 Nov 2033 - 3,431 days to go

One region

  • Africa

Six countries

Two priority groups

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

GCF financing1% disbursed

LoanUSD 80,000,000
GuaranteeUSD 80,000,000
GrantUSD 10,900,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 170,900,000


Co-FinancingGuaranteeUSD 50,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 18,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 92,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 4,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 100,000,000
Co-FinancingLoanUSD 215,000,000
Co-FinancingEquityUSD 310,000,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 789,000,000

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Accredited Entity

African Development Bank
Mr. Shakil Beedassy

Climate Finance Expert
CCIA. Rue Jean Paul 11, Plateau, 01 BP 1387 Abidjan 01., Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Phone +230 5920 8938
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National Designated Authority

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
Ministry of Finance
Dr. Alhassan Iddrisu Primary
Director of Economic Strategy and Research Division
P.O. Box MB 40 Ministries, Accra, Ghana
The National Directorate of the Environment
Mr. Pierre LAMAH Primary
Executive Secretary of the National Designated Authority of the Green Climate Fund
Coléah Lansébounyi, Commune de Matam, Conakry, Guinea
Phone +224 621 773 443
Mr. Mamadou Oury BARRY Secondary
Coléah Lansébounyi- Commune de Matam, Conakry, Guinea
Phone +224 622 802 465
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
National Council on Climate Change
Dr. Salisu Dahiru Primary
Director General
Headquarters Mabushi, Abuja, Nigeria
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Mr. Chokri Mezghani Primary
Director of General Directorate of Sustainable Development
Ministere des Affaires Locales et l'Environnement, Cite Administrative, Rue du Developpement, Cite el Khadra, Tunis, Tunisia
Phone +216 22 74 93 62
Phone +216 70 24 38 00