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Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA)

Category: Policy Regulatory Design & Reform
Sub-Category: Technical Assistance
Users: Other Stakeholders, Project Developers
Donor: African Development Bank (AfDB)
Donor Countries: Cote d'Ivoire

Multi-donor trust fund managed by the African Development Bank providing catalytic finance to unlock private sector investments in clean energy. SEFA avails technical assistance and concessional finance instruments to remove market barriers, build a more robust pipeline of projects and improve the risk-return profile of individual investments. SEFA’s overarching goal is to contribute to universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services for all in Africa, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 7.

Locations: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, eSwatini
On- or Off-Grid: Both

AfDB Regional Member Countries


Project undertaken in the Bank’s Regional Member Countries. Proposed project’s sponsor is a privately-owned or is a PPP (reimbursable Grant/0% loan at financial closure). Regional Member countries can use project preparation funding to prepare competitive tenders (Grant). Proposed project will be aligned with the three SEFA thematic areas: (i) Green Baseload, (ii) Green Mini-Grids and (iii) Energy Efficiency

Contact information:

Technical Contact: João Duarte Cunha - SEFA Coordinator, Renewable Energy and Energy efficiency Dept - j.cunha@afdb.org

Last updated: August 13, 2020

Last updated: November 27, 2022