Grants and Services

We deliver impact through three key service functions: Action Learning Projects, Partnership Services, and Technical Assistance. These functions induce innovations that address current industry needs, consolidate fragmented efforts, and disseminate knowledge and learnings for the betterment of rural sub-Saharan African communities.

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Technical Assistance

We provide technical assistance to PUE stakeholders to enable best practice and the accelerated uptake of PUE in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Technical Assistance can be defined as: non-financial assistance provided by local or international specialists. It can take the form of sharing information and expertise, instruction, skills training, transmission of working knowledge, and consulting services and may also involve the transfer of technical data.

The PREO technical assistance facility helps actors to execute PUE-related initiatives and enterprise development, and to improve their activities’ viability, efficacy, and local impact. Technical assistance provided is tailored to the assistance requested.

We draw on our pool of experts actively involved in the Transforming Energy Access Programme to address key knowledge gaps and offer advice to organisations across the PUE value chain and disseminate insights and learnings for the benefit of the industry and its beneficiaries.

Should your organisation require technical assistance for PUE related activities in sub-Saharan Africa, please email us () with a description of the assistance you seek and we’ll pick up the conversation from there. 

PREO will fund Action Learning Projects up to €300,000 in value.

While our July 2020 challenge fund is now closed, we will be launching further challenge funds through 2020, 2021 and 2022. For these, we will welcome applications for sub-Saharan Africa Productive Use of Energy (PUE) projects of between €100,000 and €200,000, however we will consider projects of up to €300,000 in value.

Our grant funding enables projects to demonstrate innovative operation models that attract further investment and translate local economic development successes into impact at scale.

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Partnership Services

Brokering novel value chain-based partnerships to unlock opportunities

We incubate PUE-focused partnerships within corporate and other value chains that stimulate sub-Saharan African economies (excluding South Africa) and electricity demand through improved access to markets, enhanced revenues and local employment opportunities.

Our Partners receive support via PREO funding, technical assistance and brokering of new relationships and scaling existing relationships between actors in the sub-Saharan African PUE value chains.

Learn more here