Mobilizing Finance

Pioneering “Energizing Finance” research tracks and analyzes finance flows on energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and its partners launched a new research project at the 72nd UN General Assembly in 2017 that tracks and analyzes for the first time finance flows for two key areas of energy access -- electrification and clean cooking -- in 20 high-impact countries in Africa and Asia that account for nearly 80% of those living without access to modern energy globally.

The Energizing Finance report series reveals that the current financial flows in these two important sectors will not achieve the global goals for delivering universal access by 2030. Yet the data also shows that by scaling and refining finance strategies, we can reach more people, more affordably, with sustainable energy.

The Understanding the Landscape 2018 study, building upon a 2017 report from Sustainable Energy for All’s Energizing Finance series, is the first and only in-depth attempt to capture multiple years of data on investment for electrification and clean cooking by focusing on public and private financial commitments in the 20 high-impact countries.

Finance for electricity in 2015-16

Average Annual Finance for Electricity Access Committed in 2015 and 2016 in High-Impact Countries ($, Billion)

1. Grid-connected renewables includes: solar, wind, large hydro, geothermal, small hydro, unspecified, biomass and waste and biofuels.
2. Grid-connected fossil fuels includes: coal, gas and oil
3. Transmission and distribution includes: Transmission, Distribution, Unspecified T&D
4. Market support flows were not assigned to any specific consumer sector
5. Energy efficiency flows for residential consumptions were not assigned to any specific tier
NB: Values may not add up due to rounding