Leveraging Energy Access Finance (LEAF) Framework

Leveraging Energy Access Finance (LEAF) Framework

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 - 111 days so far

Approved by GCF Board

01 Jul 2021

Under implementation


One region

  • Africa

Six countries

Two priority groups

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

GCF financing

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

GCF Contacts

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Project complaints and grievances

GCF Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM)
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Integrity issues

GCF Independent Integrity Unity (IIU)
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Accredited Entity

African Development Bank
Mr. Timothy Afful-Koomson
Chief Climate Finance Officer
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Finance
Dr. Alhassan Iddrisu
Director of Economic Strategy and Research Division
P.O. Box MB 40 Ministries, Accra, Ghana
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
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
Mr. Chokri Mezghani
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
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
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission
Mrs. Tirhas Mebrahtu
P.O.BOX 12760, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mr. Habtamu Denboba
The National Directorate of the Environment
Mr Mohammed Lamine Doumbouya
761 Conakry, Rép. de Guinée, Guinea
Phone +224 662 213 151
Phone +224 657 545 493
Mr. Cyril Aboli
Phone +224 626659214