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About Efficiency for Access

Harnessing the power of energy efficiency to accelerate universal access to modern energy services

Efficiency for Access is a global coalition working to promote affordable, high-performing, and inclusive appliances that enable access to clean energy for the world’s poorest people. It is a catalyst for change, accelerating the growth of off and weak-grid appliance markets to boost incomes, reduce carbon emissions, improve quality of life, and support sustainable development. It is co-chaired by UK aid and the IKEA Foundation.

Efficiency for Access consists of 20 Donor Roundtable Members, 19 Programme Partners, and 34 Investor Network members. Current Efficiency for Access Coalition members have programmes and initiatives spanning 62 countries and 34 key technologies.

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By engaging with the Efficiency for Access Coalition, stakeholders can become part of a global community working together to support to the high-performing appliance sector.

  • Aid agencies and foundations can join the Coalition to connect with a network of peers to share experiences, explore synergies and co-funding opportunities, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the sector.
  • Companies can receive funding, technical assistance and explore partnership opportunities with Coalition members and their implementing partners.
  • Investors can gain access to the latest market intelligence and explore co-investment opportunities with the Coalition’s dedicated Investor Network.
  • Implementing partners, such as consulting firms and non-government organisations, can work with the Coalition to deliver innovative programmes that address market barriers and address other sector needs.

Download our latest factsheet to learn more about the Coalition and its programmes.

The Efficiency for Access Coalition is coordinated jointly by CLASP, an international appliance energy efficiency and market development specialist not-for-profit organisation, and UK’s Energy Saving Trust, which specialises in energy efficiency product verification, data and insight, advice, and research.

Current Efficiency for Access Coalition members include:

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United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office leads the United Kingdom's work internationally, promoting the UK overseas, defending our security, projecting our values, reducing poverty and tackling global challenges

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Acumen is a nonprofit global venture fund changing the way the world tackles poverty. Acumen has invested over $20 million in pioneering energy access start-ups since 2007.

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The Clinton Health Access Initiative is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries.

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DOEN Foundation

The DOEN Foundation believes that it is possible to achieve a green, socially inclusive and creative society.

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Energising Development (EnDev)

Energising Development (EnDev) is a multi-donor and multi-implementer partnership for providing access to energy in households, social institutions as well as small and medium enterprises.

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A partnership between the World Bank Group and 18 partners to help low and middle-income countries reduce poverty and boost growth, through environmentally sustainable energy solutions.

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GET.invest is a European programme which supports investments in decentralised renewable energy.

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Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP)

The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) is a platform for collaborative action to accelerate green energy transitions and renewable energy solutions in developing and emerging economies.

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Good Energies Foundation

Good Energies Foundation’s goal is to help prevent climate change and mitigate its harm, especially to people who live in poverty.

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IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets.

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IKEA Foundation

To improve the lives of vulnerable children by enabling their families to create sustainable livelihoods, and to fight and cope with climate change.

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Nordic Development Fund

NDF is the joint Nordic international finance institution focusing on the nexus between climate change and development in lower-income countries and countries in fragile situations.

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Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot—or will not.

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Shell Foundation

Shell Foundation is a UK-registered charity established by the Shell Group in 2000 to create and scale new solutions to global development challenges.

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Sida is the Swedish development cooperation agency.

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results.

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USAID Power Africa

Power Africa was launched in June 2013 as a market driven, public private initiative to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 600 million people lack access.

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Water and Energy for Food is a joint international initiative focusing on environmentally sustainable innovations towards improved energy and water efficiency in the agricultural sector.

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World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.

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World Food Programme

WFP is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

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Why efficiency for access?

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