Solar lit house at dusk in village with people

Strategic Partners

We form long-term partnerships at a strategic level to incubate new ideas, demonstrate the viability of market-based solutions and support the growth of new inclusive markets.

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

  • Five year, £60m partnership launched in 2016
  • Create and scales pioneering energy enterprises and enablers that serve low-income consumers and small businesses in Africa
  • Part of DFID’s wider Transforming Energy Access programme

The US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Five year, $42m partnership launched in 2016
  • Focussed on increasing access to affordable renewable energy for off-grid households in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Scaling Off-Grid Energy (SOGE)

  • Development initiative founded by SF, USAID, Power Africa and DFID, with additional commitments from the African Development Bank, Microsoft, Acumen, the United Nations Foundation and GSMA
  • Coordinates efforts to overcome supply/demand/market constraints in the off-grid energy sector
  • Working to deliver clean, modern, affordable electricity to 20m African households


  • Three year programme with DFID India designed to promote gender inclusion in the Indian energy development sector
  • Will create 5000 jobs and support more than 100 women-owned enterprises in rural and urban India