Dutch donor representatives visit EnDev Kenya to get first-hand impressions of the partnership and its activities
5 November 2018
One day in the field, the next day at the roundtable. EnDev Kenya’s implementing partners take the opportunity to jointly host donor representatives from the Netherlands
22 and 23 September 2018. The EnDev Kenya implementing partners of results-based financing (RBF) projects, GIZ, SNV, Hivos and CLASP, jointly invited representatives from the Dutch Government’s Inclusive Green Growth Department and FMO (Dutch Development Bank) who visited Kenya for a multi-country strategy workshop.
Day 1: Meeting the people who make energy access happen
On day one, the delegation drove to Muranga County to see energy access activities of EnDev Kenya. First, the Dutch representatives visited a production centre for improved cookstoves owned and managed by Sospeter Nyoko and his wife Elizabeth Kanja, who was trained by GIZ in 2006. The visitors were taken through the production process for artisanal stoves - from clay preparation, moulding, and firing to the final product – all done manually. Stove production is a big business in Kenya and small-scale producers are important players in the sector. The Mbiri Primary School, the second stop of the field trip, benefited from its activities. Today, the school cooks on an improved institutional stove constructed by one of the stove entrepreneur trained by EnDev. The headmistress explained how the school moved from a traditional three stone fire to the institutional stove and the impact it has had on school operations such as fuel savings of more than 50% and a clean environment for the children.
Day 2: Discussing RBF as modality for energy access sector support
The delegation also had the opportunity to talk to John Mwangi Gathuitar with a small biogas plant on his farm. John explained how biogas is produced and used in the kitchen, and how the slurry, a waste product of biogas generation, is used on the farm as fertiliser. The farmer benefited from the RBF approach, which was discussed at a roundtable meeting on day two. Special attention was given to the question of how RBF as a modality is working for implementing partners and their lessons learned, as well as on the private sector’s point of view and their commercial financing needs.
Implementers as well as participating companies were positive about the benefits of the RBF projects, particularly in facilitating early entry into new (geographic) market segments and the market introduction and promotion of new energy products and appliances. A point for improvement for RBF as a modality, recommended by the private sector, is to simplify procedures and to shorten the timespan between reporting, verifying and payment of incentives. In terms of financing needs, most companies faced the challenges in mobilising capital for end user financing solutions and in meeting working capital needs.
Insights into the activities and the implementers’ partnership structure
In the two days, the Dutch donor representatives obtained insights into both the implementation of the EnDev programme as well as an understanding for the needs, challenges and impacts of results-based financing for supporting the energy access market. The jointly organised visits illustrated the diversity of activities and close cooperation of the EnDev implementation partners SNV, Hivos, CLASP and GIZ.