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.
Efficiency for Access 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.
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 factsheetto 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.
Donor Coalition Members
The IKEA Foundation is a strategic philanthropy that focuses its grant-making efforts on tackling the two biggest threats to children’s futures: poverty and climate change. It currently grants more than €200 million per year to help improve family incomes and quality of life while protecting the planet from climate change. Since 2009, the IKEA Foundation has granted more than €1.8 billion to create a better future for children and their families. In 2021, the board of the IKEA Foundation decided to make an additional €1 billion available over the next five years to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Transforming Energy Access (TEA), funded by UK aid, is a research and innovation platform supporting the technologies, business models and skills needed to enable an inclusive clean energy transition. Within this framework, the Efficiency for Access LEIA programme leads the ‘Energy Efficiency’ Ayrton Challenge and co-leads the ‘Sustainable Cooling For All’ Ayrton Challenge. The Ayrton Fund is a commitment by the UK Government to spend up to £1 billion on R&D for clean energy technologies and business models in developing countries.
Acumen is a nonprofit global venture fund. Acumen invests in early-stage companies tackling poverty. Since our first energy investment in 2007, we have invested $22.3 million across 21 companies. These companies have raised $210 million in follow-on capital. Over 85 million lives have been impacted across 60+ countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In 2017, Acumen launched the Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative investing in, supporting, and scaling innovative energy companies providing access to electricity in the poorest markets.
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance.
The DOEN Foundation believes that it is possible to achieve a green, socially inclusive and creative society. We are seeing many people using entrepreneurship to actively work towards innovative solutions for a better world. They are at the forefront; they dare to take risks and they bring about change. They break through old structures and create new perspectives on existing problems. These pioneers are also a source of inspiration for others. DOEN’s role is to support these pioneers in the very first phase in order to give initiatives a flying start, and thereby stimulate innovation. Where possible, DOEN subsequently transfers the initiatives to other parties to increase their impact.
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. EnDev pursues a market development strategy to build sustainable technology ecosystems. A stringent M&E framework allows EnDev to track outcomes and learn from differing approaches. Since 2005, EnDev has facilitated sustainable access to more than 19 million persons in 25 countries.
ESMAP is 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. ESMAP’s analytical and advisory services are fully integrated within the WBG’s country financing and policy dialogue in the energy sector. Through the WBG, ESMAP works to accelerate the energy transition required to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
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. GEAPP provides grant funding, technical assistance, and a range of financing options through a historic partnership of philanthropy, multilateral development banks, development finance institutions, international organizations, and governments. GEAPP leverages catalytic grant funding to unlock public and private capital and scale renewable energy projects that provide underserved people with access to clean power, reduce carbon emissions, and enable green jobs, driving inclusive economic growth.
GET.invest is a European programme that supports investments in decentralised renewable energy. The programme targets private sector business and project developers, financiers and regulators to build sustainable energy markets in developing countries. Services include market information, a funding database, matchmaking events and access-to-finance advisory. The programme is supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, and works closely with initiatives and business associations in the energy sector. It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Good Energies Foundation’s goal is to help prevent climate change and mitigate its harm, especially to people who live in poverty. We focus on two levers that reverse climate change: clean energy and forest protection. Backed by a family of entrepreneurs, Good Energies Foundation invests in early-stage market solutions and funds efforts to bring successful approaches to scale.
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. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
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. Together with our strategic partners, we develop, launch and scale high-impact projects to support developing countries and the most vulnerable people affected by climate change.
For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot –or will not.
Shell Foundation is a UK-registered charity established by the Shell Group in 2000 to create and scale new solutions to global development challenges. We apply business thinking to issues of access to energy and sustainable mobility – supporting a portfolio of social enterprises and market institutions with patient grant funding and extensive, high-touch business coaching and support.
Sida is the Swedish development cooperation agency. Our mission is to create opportunities for people living in poverty and under oppression to improve their living conditions. We strive to lead the change to end poverty.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.
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. Power Africa’s goal is to add more than 30,000 MegaWatts (MW) of electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections by 2030.
Water and Energy for Food is a joint international initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Union (EU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) focusing on environmentally sustainable innovations aiming to improve energy and water efficiency in the agricultural sector.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank has a long track record of supporting the expansion of energy access. It is one of the largest providers of finance for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in developing and middle-income countries. The World Bank delivers on its commitments in energy through a wide range of instruments: policy engagement, technical assistance, direct investment, policy lending, guarantees and risk mitigation, application of global best practices, and critically, through facilitation of private sector investment.
The World Food Programme supports over 100 million vulnerable people a year through a broad range of activities, with the ultimate goal of a world with zero hunger. In over 80 countries, we support governments and populations in mitigating the impact of shocks including conflict, climate and other disasters, and in developing sustainable livelihoods that can build long-term resilience and self-reliance. Access to energy is an enabler that contributes to WFP’s ‘Saving lives and Changing lives’ agenda. WFP is implementing market-based, sustainable energy approaches to providing food assistance and resilience activities that strengthen local value chains.