ARE with the kind support of the African-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) and ADA have the pleasure to invite you to the workshop “Talking business: Microfinance for decentralised renewables in Africa” on 9 October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The workshop targets renewable energy companies & project developers, microfinance players (including investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, governments, insurers, etc.) as well as the public sector interested in decentralised renewables in Africa.

Draft agenda:

08:30 – 09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:30 – 10:00

Welcome address: Services and activities for financiers and developers interested in venturing into Africa’s renewable energy markets

  • Representative from RECP
  • Representative from ARE
10:00 – 10:30 Decentralised renewables in Sub-Ssaharan Africa: market overview and country (tbd) case study
10:30 – 11:00 Cooperation models between microfinance and decentralised renewables players  
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30

Panel discussion: experiences and lessons learnt from (micro)finance players and decentralised RE companies

  • Diana Jensen, Managing Director of the Global Energy Group, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Alexandre Coster, Managing Director, Baobab+
  • Javier Bustos, Managing Director, Generaciones Fotovoltaica de la Mancha (GFM)
  • Panel discussion and Q&A
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:40 Business Pitches from decentralised RE players
15:40 – 16:00 Closing remarks by RECP

The workshop is organised in conjunction with the African Microfinance Week (SAM), taking place on 9-13 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The SAM taking place on 9-13 October 2017 is organised by the African networks African Microfinance Transparency (AMT), Microfinance African Institutions Network (MAIN) and African Rural & Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA) and brings together the entire microfinance industry (investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, governments). This is a great chance to network and also a unique opportunity to participate in two days of conference, three days of trainings and workshops, plus the Innovation Fair and the Investor's Fair


Special deal for ARE followers using the code ARECODESAM2017: 
10% discount on the SAM entrance and stands​


To participate in the workshop, kindly register for both the side event "Talking business: Microfinance for decentralised renewables in Africa", as well as, the African Microfinance Week (SAM).

  • For registration to the side event “Talking business: Microfinance for decentralised renewables in Africa”, please click here.
  • For registration to the African Microfinance Week, please click here.
  • [Opportunity] Registered and interested in presenting your services and products to microfinanciers? Book your pitching slot with Ling Ng
  • Additional logistical information can be found here.


Date events
09 October 2017
Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


David Lecoque

Policy & Business Development Manager

+32 2 709 55 25

Ling Ng

Communications & Marketing Officer

+32 2 709 55 42