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Strategic Partners

We form partnerships with public & private actors, sharing resources to tackle some of the world’s pressing issues. These partnerships encourage the incubation of new ideas, demonstrate the viability of market-based solutions and support widespread replication and greater collective impact.


Several ongoing partnerships with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), USAID and Power Africa are driving access to energy and transport solutions around the world.

Transforming Inclusive Energy Markets (TIME)

  • 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 FCDO’s wider Transforming Energy Access programme

Scaling Energy Access Markets in Africa (SEAM)

  • $42m partnership that ran from 2016 until 2022
  • Focused on increasing access to affordable renewable energy for off-grid households in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Household Solar Funders Group (HSFG)

  • Based on an earlier, smaller, initiative SF is currently hosting the Household Solar Funders Group (HSFG) 
  • The HSFG is a group of funders (donors & investors) with an interest in expanding the off-grid solar energy market at household level in Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • The ultimate objective of the HSFG is to accelerate access to energy (SDG7), through funder collaboration on activities which address market barriers and benefit from a collective approach

Promotion of Women in Energy-Related Enterprises for Development (POWERED)

  • Three year programme with FCDO (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

Catalysing Agriculture by Scaling Energy Ecosystems (CASEE)

  • £30m, seven-year co-funding partnership with the UK Government’s Research and Evidence Division (RED) launched in 2019
  • Accelerating access to energy for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
  • Aiming to leverage £110m of additional funding into the sector


Regional Electric Vehicle Value-chain Development (REVV'D)

  • Three-year co-funding partnership founded by SF and the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office
  • Developing ecosystems that accelerate the market led adoption of e-motorcycles and e-vehicles in Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda