AMDA is structured as a parent organization with country-level chapters. The Association is responsible for formulating high level principles and propagating them both upwards (to donors, supporters, investors, policymakers) and downwards (to chapters). The chapters are responsible for taking the principles and creating country-specific agendas around them.
The parent organization turns principles into activities, serving as an intermediary among funders, developers, and chapter coordinators. Country chapter organizations execute on chapter-specific agendas under the association framework, aligning themselves with existing local institutions in order to improve their local engagement and advocacy efforts.
The following criteria define qualifications for initial membership. A member shall:
- Be a for-profit company;
- Have developed and/or be operating at least one AC micro-grid providing at least 20 hours per day of energy access in a chapter country;
- Be actively operating or developing additional projects in a chapter country;
- Have equity or some non-concessional capital invested in its mini-grid projects (i.e. is exposed to risk)
The Association currently has Kenya and Tanzania Chapters, with intention for future expansion.