Energizing Finance: Barriers and Opportunities to Unlock Finance for Energy Access

Thursday, May 3rd: 14:30 - 16:00 - Rossio

HOST: Climate Policy Initiative, Hivos Foundation, Practical Action

SDG 7 calls for “secure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030,” however, SEforAll’s Energizing Finance report reveals that the current flow of finance for energy access will not achieve this goal.

This session, facilitated by Dr. Barbara Buchner of Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), and organized by CPI, Practical Action, and Hivos, will showcase energy finance entrepreneurs including those from ‘the Lab,’ a public-private initiative that has mobilized more than $1 billion in energy access finance and sustainable investment to date. These entrepreneurs will be matched with real investors for a short series of on-stage ‘Dragon’s Den’ discussions that will highlight specific barriers and opportunities to unlocking energy access finance on the ground.

Audience members will then have a chance to participate by drawing on expertise from a high-level panel of public and private decision makers around the specific barriers and opportunities highlighted in the on-stage interviews, but also on bigger picture solutions to unlocking energy access finance. Key questions include the roles of various actors, how to move from solutions to scale, and how to channel investment into the “final frontier” of energy access.

Key outcomes of the session include an introduction to transformative business models as well as a chance to understand directly from public and private investors what it takes to unlock energy access finance.

Barbara Buchner Executive Director of Climate Finance Climate Policy Initiative
Luis Costa Board Member Get2C
Dimitry Gershenson Manager-Energy Access Facebook
Michael Hoelter Director of Sustainable Investment Deutsche Bank Asset Management
Abyd Karmali Managing Director Bank of America
Najada Kumbuli Investment Director Calvert Impact Capital
Tinashe Makoni Strategic Advisor Africa GreenCo
Jill Marcari Principal Omidyar Network
Rita Poppe Advocacy Officer Hivos
Marcel Raats Senior Energy Advsior RVO.NL
Andrew Reicher Board Chair SunCulture
Jessica Stephens Global Coordinator African Mini-Grid Developers Association
Lucy Stevens Senior Policy Adviser for Energy Access Practical Action