Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion Project – Call for proposal for the Distribution Challenge FundKathryn
The Government of Uganda (GOU) received a Grant from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund operated by the World Bank, towards the cost of the Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion Project (UCCSCEP). The aim of UCCSCEP is to expand both access to, and adoption of, cleaner and more efficient cooking solutions, reduce household air pollution and related burden of disease, and reduce household consumption of and expenditure for biomass cooking fuels. GOU approved the Private Sector Foundation Uganda to be the implementing agency for the UCCSCEP.
The key component of the project is the Distribution Challenge Fund (DCF), which is a competitive grant that has been operational since December 2016. The DCF comprises several lines of support designed as a market incentive for participating consortia (consortia are made up of one efficient biomass stove manufacturer and one or more distributors) to enable more efficient value chains by providing: (i) concessional finance in the form of both upfront financing and results-based financing for helping with the working capital and scaling up distribution networks, and (ii) cost sharing consumer engagement and marketing campaigns to eligible manufacturer-distributor consortia including for flexible payment sales promotion schemes to consumers.
Currently, the DCF supports four consortia and wishes to expand the program by including more actors in order to reach more households and accelerate the adoption of clean cooking technology in Uganda.
PSFU is therefore calling for proposals from other local and international stove manufacturers of improved cook stoves, who will be required to form a consortium with one or several distributors, to participate in the DCF.
For more details, http://www.psfuganda.org/buds-ert/