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Climate Aggregation Platform Financial Innovation Challenge
Procurement Process :Innovation Challenge
Office :UNDP - Stateless
Deadline :09-Sep-22
Posted on :21-Jul-22
Development Area :SERVICES  SERVICES
Reference Number :93679
Link to Atlas Project :
Non-UNDP Project
Documents :
01_CAP FIC_Call for Proposals
02_CAP FIC_Guidelines for Applicants
03_CAP FIC_Application Form and ANNEX 1
04_CAP FIC_ANNEX 2_Budget Template
05_CAP FIC - Sample Innovation Challenge Agreement
UNDP CAP FIC - Info Session Presentation
Overview :

Dear Madam/Sir,

The deadline for submissions of Applications has now been extended until September 9th, 2022, at 12:00 PM EAT.

Climate Aggregation Platform - Financial Innovation Challenge 

Through the CAP Financial Innovation Challenge (CAP FIC), UNDP will crowdsource Innovative Financial Aggregation Structures and Models for small-scale, low-carbon energy assets in developing countries. Successful applicants will be awarded up to US$ 40,000 to develop the proposed innovations. 

What is the objective of the CAP FIC? 

  • Foster the development of Innovative Financial Aggregation Structures and Models that can help increase the availability and reduce the cost of financing for low-carbon energy in developing countries. And, in doing so, help close the investment gap to achieve universal energy access

  • Facilitate the transfer of know-how and innovative solutions that can help overcome development challenges in developing countries and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, notably SDG7 & SDG13

Who can participate? 

A wide range of entities can apply as long as they can demonstrate their capacity to develop novel aggregative approaches to financing low-carbon energy and meet the eligibility criteria (See the Guidelines for more details).  

What kind of innovations?  

Innovative Financial Aggregation Structures and Models (mechanisms, instruments, processes, tools, business, and financing models) for small-scale, low-carbon energy assets in developing countries

  • First-of-a-kind solutions that have not yet been attempted anywhere before; 

  • Or existing and proven approaches adapted to a new market/sector, geography, or context.  

What is Financial Aggregation? 

Financial Aggregation can take different forms, but it can be generally understood as a process in which an aggregating entity standardises and bundles together multiple small-scale, low-carbon energy assets. It can then obtain financing, or refinancing, from investors based on the future cash flows from these assets.  

The CAP FIC is open to solutions involving financial aggregation at different levels (i.e., bundling individual assets, projects, or companies) and to other innovative aggregative models (e.g., innovative carbon credit solutions, renewable energy certificates, innovative models for receivables financing, digital aggregation platforms, etc.). 

The CAP FIC’s focus is on debt aggregation transactions. This excludes equity aggregation transactions (e.g., yieldcos).  

To learn more about financial aggregation please see UNDP’s and the Climate Bonds Initiative report on “Linking Global Finance to Small-Scale Clean Energy” 

What is the technology focus? 

The CAP FIC will focus on innovations that support the deployment of distributed, small-scale low carbon energy assets in developing countries. This includes a wide range of technologies:  

  • On-grid solar PV (residential, C&I)  

  • Off-grid solar PV including PAYGO solar 

  • Mini-grids  

  • Energy efficient solutions for buildings, lighting, industrial, agricultural, and transport (e.g., e-mobility) applications 

  • Productive use appliances  

  • Clean cooking solutions 

Target Countries 

The proposed innovative financial aggregation structures or models must be developed in view of being deployed in one or multiple developing countries in East Africa, which includes: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. However, proposals may be submitted by applicants from any country.  

The CAP Financial Innovation Challenge will support up to 5 projects including at least one project in Uganda and one project in Rwanda.  

What do the winners get?

  • Receive an award of up to US$40,0002 to develop a Feasibility Study (over a period of 4 months) for an Innovative Financial Aggregation Structure or Model

  • UNDP will promote the selected Innovative Financial Aggregation Structures or Models within UNDP and to a broader audience across its network.  

  • Possibility to access the UNDP global presence (+170 countries) and networks to help support the selected solutions to scale-up and replicate to new countries.  

  • Promising solutions could later be considered for further engagement. as part of UNDP’s Sustainable Energy Hub or other UNDP initiatives. 

How do I submit an idea?  

Register and download the Application Package here: 

Read the Guidelines carefully and follow the instructions to complete and submit an Application Form and the required attachments before the deadline. 

  • Submit your signed Application Form via email to, together with all the Annexes (1&2) and supporting documents (See list below). Please include “CAP FIC” and the name of the Applicant in the Subject line. 

  • Please ensure that the total size of the email and attachments does not exceed 10 MB. UNDP will not be responsible for any application emails that fail to be sent/received. 

  • The deadline for submissions of Applications isAugust 31st, 2022, at 12:00 PM EAT. 

  • Please contact us by email at for any problems or questions, we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner. Please include “CAP FIC” and the name of the Applicant in the subject line. UNDP will consider incoming questions until August 18th, 2022, at 12:00 PM EAT. 

The Climate Aggregation Platform (CAP)  

The Climate Aggregation Platform (CAP) is a Global Environment Facility (GEF)-a funded project implemented by UNDP, which, in partnership with the Climate Bonds Initiative, seeks to promote the scale-up of financial aggregation for small-scale, low-carbon energy assets in developing countries.  

The CAP aims to advance and raise awareness for innovative solutions to market barriers for financial aggregation – with the goal to increase access to low-cost financing for low-carbon energy. In so doing, the project can improve the lives of people in developing countries, bringing about affordable, reliable, and clean energy. 

The CAP is a flagship initiative of UNDP’s Sustainable Energy Hub to support the structuring and deployment of innovative business models and financial mechanisms to accelerate energy access and the clean energy transition.  

Learn more at