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Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia



PFAN has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Selected projects will receive no-cost coaching by professional consultants and, once they are investment-ready, benefit from PFAN’s Investment Facilitation services. Entrepreneurs looking to initiate or scale-up clean energy or other climate change-related projects and seeking an investment of up to $50 million are invited to apply.


This is an open-ended call for proposals, however, if you would like to be eligible for the 2019 West Africa Forum for Climate & Clean Energy Financing, please submit your application by 2 November 2018. If you would like to be considered for the 2019 Asia Forum for Climate & Clean Energy Financing, please apply by 21 November 2018.


The coaching support provided through the PFAN Project Development and Financing Initiative for Climate & Clean Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia will help entrepreneurs develop and refine a financially viable and socially and environmentally sustainable business plan, to be employed in subsequent investor outreach. After completing the coaching phase, the projects will receive assistance in terms of financial mobilisation, deal making facilitation and other follow-up support.



PFAN periodically organises Roadshows to inform entrepreneurs considering an application about the process, give advice and answer questions.


Upcoming roadshows:



Date              : 01.11.2018
City               : Phnom Penh
Time             : 08:30 to 12:00
Venue           : Comme à la Maison Deli, #13-15, St. 57



Date              : 01.11.2018
City               : Bangkok
Time             : 14:30 to 17:00. Registration between 14:00 and 14:30.
Venue           : Stratosphere Room, Hemispere Meeting & Conference Space



Date              : 02.11.2018
City               : Pokhara
Time             : 14:00 to 17:30, followed by a networking high tea until 18:00. Registration between 14:00 and 14:30.
Venue           : D Village Restaurant, Chipledhunga, Pokhara



Date              : 03.11.2018
City               : Hanoi
Time             : 14:00 to 17:00
Venue           : The Vuon Coworking Space, Floor 3, D2 Giang Vo, Hanoi


Date              : 07.11.2018
City               : Ho Chi Minh City
Time             : 14:00 to 17:00
Venue           : SIHUB Coworking Space, 273 Dien Bien Phu St., Dist. 3, HCMC


Participation in the Roadshows is free of charge. If you are interested in attending a Roadshow, please contact info@pfan.net.




The eligible countries for this request for proposals can be found in Annex 1 of the Prospectus for this Project Development and Financing Initiative.



Focus of the Request for Proposal

The project/business must promote or use clean energy and/or climate resilience technologies, products or services, including, but not limited to the following technology areas:


 Biomass  Distributed & Off-grid Generation
 Biogas  Energy Storage & Conservation
 Bio-fuels  Energy Efficiency and Demand Reduction
Solar  Waste to Energy
 Wind  Emissions Reduction
Hydropower  Clean Transport
 Tidal / Ocean  Climate Change Adaptation
 Energy Products from Forestry  Agriculture and agribusinesses
 Rural Electrification & Energy Access  Productive use of Clean Energy
Ecosystem Services Tourism
Urban & Peri-Urban Development Water & Sanitation



Submission of Applications and Supporting Material

All submissions are to be made online through PFAN’s Climate-Invest Management system. Applications submitted via email cannot be considered.

In order to be considered, applicants must complete the following 3 steps:

  1. Registration through the online PFAN Climate-Invest Management System
  2. Completion of the online Application Form in the PFAN Climate-Invest Management System
  3. Submission of a Project Proposal and supporting documents through the online PFAN Climate-Invest Management System.

More detailed information about the process can be found in the Prospectus of the Call for Proposals.


Please note the project proposal document to be uploaded should be in MS Word format, and should not exceed 20 pages including the cover page, contents, charts, and tables. Shorter documents are preferable to longer ones. Page setup, spacing, font size and type face are at your discretion but the document should be reader friendly. A maximum of 3 annexes may be used to provide additional information (e.g. the cash flow model in MS Excel format) provided that these do not exceed a further 10 pages of written information or the combined data volume limit. The total data volume of all files submitted to PFAN should not exceed 20 MB. PFAN reserves the right to not evaluate any proposals which exceed the data limit or the page limit.


To start, please register and then log in to the Climate Invest system using the buttons below.





Please see the Climate Invest How-To Guide for more details on the registration and application processes. For additional questions regarding the process please send us an email.

Participants selected to advance into the next round will be notified in due course depending on the evaluation cycle, ranging from 3 to 6 months. Once a project is selected, it will receive coaching from professional experts

Disclaimer: PFAN uses Climate-Invest, a grant management portal, to manage the PFAN project pipeline. However, PFAN does not provide any form of grant and offers technical assistance only.



Selected projects will be assigned a coach according to their needs and requirements. They will receive the following PFAN services:

One-on-one coaching up to an agreed time / monetary value as negotiated between the PFAN management team and the nominated coaches.

Coaching will be provided by industry experts, consultants, advisors, as well as other members of the PFAN Network. The nominated coaches have extensive experience in providing advisory services to clean energy businesses across the globe.

Coaching input will be provided by e-mail and telephone exchange between the parties.


For more information, please see the


We look forward to receiving your submission!


PFAN is hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).



For more information, please see the following resources: