New Tools & Resources – May 2016


The Project Navigator 

This online platform, created by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), addresses the challenges that project developers face in project planning and financing. The Project Navigator guides project developers through each project stage by using project development guidelines, technical guidelines and tools. This allows them to create a comprehensive and bankable project proposal which can facilitate access to financing.

Energypedia’s Opportunity Database

Energypedia is a wiki-based platform for sharing information about renewable energy and energy efficiency topics in developing countries. The information on Energypedia is contributed by its growing community of more than 5000 registered users and is free to use and share. This opportunity database includes the latest opportunities in the renewable energy sector with regards to financing (grants, tenders and scholarships), awards, call for papers, training courses and so on. It is designed to help energy professionals stay up-to-date with the latest opportunities in the energy field.

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SAMforSE – A Self-Assessment Manual for Social Entrepreneurs

SAMforSE, offered by the empowering people. Network, is a free online self-assessment tool for social entrepreneurs as well as a personal business coaching program (voucher), developed in cooperation with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA). SAMforSE is a kind of diagnostic tool specifically designed for the needs of social enterprises, geared towards their ecosystem and business model, and provides them with quick insights about key aspects such as their organization’s value creation and social performance. Siemens Stiftung also launched a voucher program selecting up to 20 social enterprises that will receive an individual training conducted by a native personal business development coach. The training will be provided in two sessions of two-day business-oriented trainings at each enterprise plus four bi-weekly 1-hour coaching sessions via telephone, skype calls or face-to-face meetings. Furthermore, the online-tool provides a “help&support”-section with a selection of recommended webinars, tutorials, useful contacts and a background paper including interesting case studies and recommendations for self-help. Watch how SAMforSE can help to improve your social business on YouTube.


Enable Impact

Enable Impact is an integrated investment platform that allows social entrepreneurs and ventures seeking equity, loans or convertible debt to connect with investors, share documents securely and receive funding. Enable Impact typically works with growth-stage ventures looking to raise equity or debt in a Series A, that already have a lead investor, and that are looking for co-investors to close the round. Ventures that are not at this stage are invited to use the free searchable database to create a profile and search for investors and support programs.

Interested entrepreneurs and ventures, typically seeking US $250,000 to $3 million, can apply to be a Vetted Venture by providing some basic information about the company and funding round to assess the fit with Enable Impact’s network of impact investors. If approved, deals are funded within the new Deal Room – from investor accreditation to wiring funds. Due diligence and documentation, including legal documents, can all be reviewed and executed online. More information is available here.


The Finance Facilitator 

The Finance Facilitator is an advisory platform implemented by the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) that will support meso-scale renewable energy project preparation in Sub-Saharan Africa. It enhances project quality and makes connections between project developers seeking financing and financiers seeking viable projects.

The Finance Facilitator addresses both perspectives by:

  • a) Enhancing project quality and thereby improving the project pipeline and reducing risk, and
  • b) Linking project developers with financiers.

BMZ and GIZ Establish a Powering Agriculture Hub in Kenya

GIZ recently established a regional hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The hub is linked to GIZ’s energy program, Energizing Development (EnDev), and will also provide support to PAEGC Innovators working in the region. Innovators are currently implementing projects at 15 sites throughout East Africa, with six projects active in Kenya. Hub activities will include support for pilot projects, capacity building, and knowledge management and exchange.