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.
The Embassy of Sweden in Uganda and the UN Capital Development Fund signed a SEK 40 million contribution agreement to set up a Renewable Energy Challenge Fund (RECF) in 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.
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.
Large parts of the rural areas of Nepal are still not connected to electricity, especially through the national grid. Therefore, both the government and the private sector are making attempts to supply renewable and alternative energy sources to such areas.
The “Learning and Sharing Workshop, Cleanstart Project - Nepal” has been successfully organized in joint collaboration with the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Kathmandu on the 23rd of May 2016. The workshop was facilitated by Winrock International.
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CleanStart supports low-income households and micro-entrepreneurs to jump start their access to clean energy through microfinance. It encourages greater financing choices for poor people, supported by high-quality technologies and services, and enabling ecosystems for energy and financial service providers to achieve scale and impact.