Demonstrating the potential of biogas to contribute to the SDGs

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How can the direct impacts of biogas support the achievement of the SDGs? How does this impact vary between different market segments? A new report – commissioned by Shell Foundation with co-funding from the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office – analyses the contribution of biogas towards SDGs 2 (Zero Hunger), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy)…

How has VentureBuilder grown its investment pipeline during Covid-19?

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VentureBuilder has produced two learning papers outlining how they have continued to build an investment pipeline of locally owned and managed African off-grid operators, by refining its sourcing model and build operator resilience by adapting its business support offerings.       Shell Foundation has supported VentureBuilder (VB) since 2019 with co-funding from USAID and…

Consumer Study shows impact of mini-grids on Nigerian communities

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A new consumer study from Nayo Tropical Technology Limited (NTT) shows the material impact of solar mini-grids in Nigeria on livelihoods, income and education. NTT currently owns and operates four solar mini-grids, and is expanding its portfolio with 14 new mini-grids under construction. Shell Foundation has supported NTT since 2019 with co-funding from UKAID, USAID…

A Pathways Approach to Understanding the Impact of Covid-19 on Rural Households

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As the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold, rural households are among those most impacted. This learning brief  — commissioned by SF with co-funding from the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office and  the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab (RAFLL) — examines actual impacts of Covid-19 on rural households in…

New partnership with Seedstars announced to support African-led start-ups

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Shell Foundation recently partnered with Seedstars to look for sustainable, scalable and innovative start-ups addressing universal access to energy-related challenges, as well as sustainable agriculture, mobility and transportation. With co-funding from UKAID, we have launched the Energy, Mobility and Agriculture Innovation Program to find African tech entrepreneurs in the mobility, transportation, energy, and agriculture space…

CrossBoundary Energy Access open source its mini-grid financing approach

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CrossBoundary Energy Access (CBEA), the blended finance facility for mini-grids, has open sourced their approach to investing infrastructure capital across Africa. Shell Foundation supported the establishment of CBEA in 2018 alongside Rockefeller Foundation and with co-funding from UK Aid. CBEA invests blended capital directly into mini-grid projects serving rural African households and businesses. The business…

MAX.ng issues $1m innovative local currency bond to drive growth

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Nigerian mobility provider MAX.ng has raised NGN400 million (US$1 million) in capital with an innovative bond issue, the first of its kind for the mobility sector in Africa. The bond – comprising one-year fixed interest notes – is managed by DLM Advisory (DLM), a Nigeria-based, regulated full-service developmental investment bank and is the first offering…

How gender impacts agricultural insurance decision making in emerging markets

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Pula, which provides accessible, scalable insurance solutions for smallholder farmers by bundling insurance with the inputs farmers already use including seeds and fertiliser, has produced a new learning report exploring how gender plays a role in registration decisions in East and Southern Africa. The report, co-funded by Shell Foundation and the UK government, uses Pula’s…

SafeBoda delivers contraceptives during lockdown

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The BBC recently featured a video about Shell Foundation’s partner SafeBoda’s partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA*) to provide contraception to those in need in Uganda. More than 760 million people globally live in extreme poverty and sexual and reproductive health problems are a leading cause of death and disability for women in the developing world. Young people especially carry…

VentureBuilder makes first investment in local-run company in Mali

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SF partner VentureBuilder recently led an investment round that enabled an off-grid solar company to secure financing of more than US$1 million in Mali. The investment represents VentureBuilder’s first investment since being established, with funding from SF, USAID and DOEN Foundation, to support locally-owned and managed energy enterprises with early-stage equity financing and enterprise development…