About the Renewable Energy Challenge Fund (RECF) Uganda
The goal of RECF is to increase access to renewable, efficient energy for domestic, productive and social uses among underserved poor households, especially in rural areas.
By end of 2020, RECF aims to support 150,000 low-income customers transition to renewable energy.
The RECF is managed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda.
UNCDF CleanStart co-invests in early stage business ideas that can have a positive ripple effect in the way rural customers buy and use modern energy.
As a growing number of solar companies offer the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) financing model for customers, the solar sector is going digital. Not only are customers paying digitally, but solar companies are building digital back offices. With support from several partners, including UNCDF CleanStart, Kamworks – a solar company that provides solar power to more than 150,000 rural customers in Cambodia – has developed a proprietary PAYGO and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform.
Two seemingly different companies, one focused on water and the other focused on fire (or energy), have joined hands to get 15,000 locally manufactured stoves into the hands of everyday Cambodians in the next two years. Hydrologic Social Enterprise Company Ltd. is in the business of getting clean water to more people. They produce ceramic water purifiers called Tunsai locally.
Over 69 percent1 of the 54 million2 people in Myanmar have no access to grid electricity. Where modern energy services are unavailable, people resort to expensive and unsustainable systems exacerbating energy insecurity and leave communities more vulnerable to the effects of poverty.
Cambodia has one of the lowest electrification rates in South East Asia, with around 40 percent  of the Cambodian population living with no access to reliable grid electricity. As a result of UNCDF’s SHIFT Challenge Fund – CleanStart energy access window, Kamworks is partnering with UNCDF to lower the affordability barrier for low-income Cambodians and
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) on 14 July at ICIMOD’s headquarters in Nepal. Judith Karl, Executive Secretary, UNCDF and David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD signed the MOU in the presence of delegates from UNCDF and colleagues from ICIMOD.
Around 40 percent of the 15.2 million people in Cambodia have no access to grid electricity while around 83 percent of the population rely on traditional use of biomass for cooking. ACCESS TO CLEAN ENERGY IS AN ESSENTIAL NEED. Lack of it is one of the primary reasons why many people are unable to break the vicious cycle of poverty. Women and girls, in particular, are affected by the lack of reliable and affordable modern energy due to their traditional roles, household responsibilities and social and political status.