Digitizing & unlocking climate finance for the off-grid Sector

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Achieving energy access (SDG7) while tackling climate change (SDG13): Learnings and next steps post a proof-of-concept implementation It is a global responsibility to end energy poverty through access to clean, affordable and sustainable energy, whilst tackling climate change. Energy access acts as a catalyst for the growth of developing societies and economies. Yet, clean energy…

Greenlight planet pilot successful MFI partnership in Nigeria

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In early 2019, we supported Greenlight Planet (GLP), with co-funding from the UK government, to seek a sustainable partnership model with commercial financial institutions to provide financing for modern energy solutions for women in Nigeria. If successful, this model would have far-reaching positive implications on both energy access and financial inclusion throughout the continent. Scalable…

Tusker – Providing relief facilities during Covid-19

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India-based logistics organisation Tusker joins the growing list of SF partners who are coming to people’s aid during the Covid-19 pandemic. Getting essential items to people in remote areas of India can be very challenging.  Tusker uses its logistics system to enable rural crowd-sourced freight transportation to deliver to outlying towns and villages and address…

Odyssey – providing data platform for Covid-19 relief efforts

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Data and sector coordination is vital as we seek to maintain essential energy services to low income consumers across Africa and Asia. Shell Foundation partner Odyssey, who we have supported since 2017 with co-funding from the UK government and USAID, have been working to utilise their online platform to provide the mini-grid sector with project…

How can SME funds optimise to attract more capital?

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Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets are critical to driving economic growth, creating jobs and working toward the Sustainable Development Goals, contributing up to 60% of employment and 40% of national income. These SMEs face a significant financing gap, which is at risk of widening during the current Covid-19 crisis. Increasing access…

BBOXX – Keeping customers light’s on during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Household energy remains an unquestionable basic need, and the ability to provide a reliable, affordable service is being tested by the current Covid-19 crisis. Bboxx is an established solar provider that designs, manufactures, distributes, and finances solar energy systems to provide solar electricity to communities, cities and countries around the world. Shell Foundation, with co-funding…

Fraym – Machine learning to identify high-risk Covid-19 populations 

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As countries around the world race to prevent and mitigate the effects of Covid-19, data on populations such as their health characteristics, livelihoods and location may prove to be invaluable for response efforts. SF partner Fraym’s  data on population characteristics is really useful for mapping likely risk of Covid-19 in Africa and elsewhere. The data also…

Three SF Partners support the Safe Hands Kenya Initiative against Covid-19

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Three Shell Foundation partners have pledged their support to a Covid-19 relief initiative across Kenya. The mission-driven alliance, ‘Safe Hands Kenya’ has mobilised the collaboration of tech firms, input suppliers, manufactures, behaviour change experts and distribution specialists, to ensure that every Kenyan has access to vital health products, including hand sanitiser, soap, face masks and surface…

How to retain safeguarding measures during Covid-19

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Evidence has shown that safeguarding risks dramatically increase during an epidemic. During the current period of uncertainty caused by Covid-19, it is vital that our partners are mindful of these increased risks and are equipped to prevent or deal with any incidents should they arise. We are supporting all our partners in ensuring safeguarding remains…

CreditEnable’s new initiatives to support SMEs during C19

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SF and DFID partner CreditEnable, have come up with several new initiatives to support SMEs during the Covid-19 pandemic. SMEs in emerging markets are particularly vulnerable due to their often having little credit history, collateral or track record, and relying on capital from the informal sector. CreditEnable, which uses a global technology platform to unlock…