Project's aim

This knowledge exchange activity aims to explore and share successful financial models, identifying the specific factors that make different models relevant and replicable in their context.

Location

Cambodia

Partners involved

Nexus for Development
http://nexusfordevelopment.org

Exchange: Affordable Finance for Sustainable Energy: Sharing Successful Models in South East Asia

Energy entrepreneurs throughout Asia provide a range of technological solutions to address the growing demand for sustainable energy services in the region. These local entrepreneurs service low-income rural populations including farmers, small businesses and households with affordable energy access. However, these enterprises often face a serious constraint that limits their ability to grow: access to affordable capital. Investing in these small enterprises is perceived as being too risky for regular banks and they are considered too large for micro-finance institutions. The resulting finance gap is a serious limitation to energy entrepreneurs who want to expand and reach more customers. 

The objective of this knowledge exchange is to explore and share successful financial models, identifying the specific factors that make different models relevant and replicable in their context.

To address this issue, Nexus for Development aims to:

  • Provide an overview of financial schemes for decentralised sustainable energy in South East Asia (via a finance landscape map);
  • Share learning from successful and unsuccessful financial models;
  • Connect energy entrepreneurs and financial service providers from across South East Asia at a workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in December 2017.