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Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programme (LEIA)

The Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programme (LEIA) aims to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of low energy inclusive appliances, particularly appliances suited for use in lesser developed countries. This includes technologies such as off-grid refrigeration, solar water pumps, fans and televisions.

LEIA will support market, consumer and impacts, as well as the research into technology that furthers the programme’s goal to double the efficiency and halve the costs of these off- and weak-grid technologies. This includes research to better understand the market opportunities and challenges.

The LEIA programme is a five year programme that is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and delivered jointly by the Energy Saving Trust, which specialises in energy efficiency product verification, data and insight, advice and research, and CLASP, an international appliance energy efficiency and market development specialist not-for-profit organisation.

Find out more about Energy Saving Trust's international collaborations.

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Efficiency for Access

A significant aspect of LEIA’s mandate is to manage a coalition of international donors – the Efficiency for Access coalition, which is convened by the UK Aid and USAID Power Africa. It involves a range of co-funders including DFID, USAID Power Africa, Energising Development (EnDev), ESMAP, Good Energies Foundation, IFC, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Shell Foundation, Sida and the World Bank.

The Efficiency for Access coalition is coordinated jointly by the Energy Saving Trust and CLASP.

Read our blog about our visit to Energy for Access projects in Kenya.

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International Aid Transparency Initiative

In accordance with the requirements of transparency from DFID, Energy Saving Trust have published all relevant data on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) website. You can find this data here.

Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund

The Efficiency for Access (EforA) Coalition, with anchor funding from UK Aid, is investing in Research and Development (R&D) projects over the next four years that are focused on improving appliances in off- and weak grid environments.

The first call for applications went live in November 2018 and closed mid-January 2019 with minimum funding available of £1 million. The round received 65 applications overall and recently announced nine grantee winners offering a range of projects. The second call for applications launched 19 June and focused on R&D projects that develop innovative appliance technologies or products focused on cooling for off- and weak-grid settings with a particular focus on fans, refrigeration and cold chain. The minimum total funding available under this call is £1m.

Additional changes have been made to the structure of the fund to provide additional support and application assistance to start-ups and micro-sized organisations, as well as applicants based or conducting R&D in UK aid priority countries (e.g. in sub-Saharan Africa).

Applications must be received before 16 August 2019 (at midnight GMT) and organisations that require support with their applications must contact

More information about the Efficiency for Access Coalition Research and Development Fund here.


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