Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Carbon Trust and Energy 4 Impact on behalf of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are seeking Expressions of Interest for a program entitled “Powering Opportunities Partnership (POP) – Productive Energy Use (PEU) Action Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

The Powering Opportunities Partnerships (POP) is one of the constituent projects of TEA’s Supporting Clean Energy Partnerships programme. POP aims to demonstrate how the off-grid energy sector can stimulate local jobs and create local economic value in Sub-Saharan Africa, via a challenge fund supporting proposals that demonstrate innovation, partnerships and the potential for scalability and impact.

Type of Projects

  • The POP PEU call requires the applicant to propose an action research and learning project in sub-Saharan Africa, for Off-Grid Productive Energy Use (PEU). The project should offer a theory of change towards improved economics, increased local employment and greater local value-capture through the creation of new or improved local productive energy use opportunities in rural off-grid areas, that are served by off-grid electricity supply sources.
  • Projects proposed should actively involve businesses for whom the availability of off-grid electricity is an enabler for the expansion of their activities for example through:
    • Local value addition in their existing operations and value chains;
    • Entry into new rural value chains, including through the digital economy, that is otherwise constrained by a lack of access to electricity;
    • Other business enabling / electricity-demand stimulating activities that may be created.

Funding Information

  • Under the POP PEU Competition, a total budget of at least £675,000 has been made available in this round for grants to successful applications.
  • This Competition seeks to fund 3 to 4 projects. Funding to be requested from TEA-POP for each project should not exceed£300,000.

Geographic Scope

The countries in scope for intervention can be located in any Sub-Saharan African country, excluding South Africa.


PEU is especially looking for projects involving organisations with a stake in developing rural economies as integral parts of their value chains and business models. Novel partnerships between such companies, together with off-grid energy suppliers, equipment and appliance suppliers,and other stakeholders in rural economies are encouraged. So too are innovative business models, project delivery models and technologies.


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