The decentralized utility companies developing minigrids across Africa are at a crossroads. There is incredible rhetorical demand and support at the international level for decentralized utilities to deliver productive power via minigrids yet most companies are struggling to get financing to build their first grid or to move beyond pilot phases even if they have good track records and teams. One of AMDA’s central mandates is to help address this financing challenge by building up the evidence base and market intelligence that donors and lenders need to better understand and trust the decentralized utility space with their capital.
AMDA’s second core mandate is to build up a more powerful and coherent industry voice for the decentralized utilities developing minigrids across Africa. To date, input from industry on the development of funds, policies, regulations and national energy plans has too often been piecemeal or lacking entirely. This is unacceptable for a sector that has repeatedly been shown to be the least cost option to bring power to potentially millions of rural communities. We are here to bring you – and your needs – to the table. Both at the international level through our core team and at the national level by the building out of national and regional AMDA chapters and representatives.
AMDA is currently seeking new members to join its group of industry-leading decentralized utilities. We would like to hear from you if you represent a company focused on scaling the sector that is already operating at least one minigrid complying with national regulatory requirements (see further requirements here), and are committed to representing the interests of our members to governments, financiers and donors.
Reasons to Join the Africa Minigrid Developers Association
- Improving market data and investor confidence in the sector
- Participation at national and international policy and finance discussions
- Ensuring a unified voice for the sector on major policy issues
- Direct access to local governments, with local coordination
- Impact national policies on decentralized utilities
- Improved access to funders (direct and indirect)
- Access to Investors Circle – (currently under development)
- Access to new markets and market intelligence.
AMDA is committed to ensuring data transparency in the sector that can then be used to advocate for policy and financing changes that are needed to ensure market growth. Hence one of the core requirements of membership is the sharing of anonymized firm-level and site-level data. This principle is seen as fundamental to improving access to finance and appropriateness of policies affecting minigrids going forward and is built into our by-laws as a fundamental requirement.
In order to ensure your voice company’s voice is heard within AMDA, we encourage all members to participate in working groups on: Data & Research, and Finance (a policy working group is being considered at the moment as well). We are also open to suggestions for new working groups.
Membership Fees are currently a flat rate for each developer of US $1000 per year, with the first year’s membership fee reduced by 50% to US $500.
If you are interested in becoming a member please complete the application form below. We very much look forward to hearing from you!