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RVO selected Advance Consulting for the ‘Focus Countries Expert Pool SDG 7 results’, to support companies in focus countries to submit high-quality proposals to the SDG 7 Results facility. From July 2019 to September 2019, the expert pool consultants from Advance Consulting provided guidance on the necessary steps of project development in order to ensure completeness and quality of full proposals submitted by applicants from the focus countries.

 

On April 5 2019, the Netherlands launched the Sustainable Development Goals Results-based Financing Facility (“SDG 7 Results”). SDG 7 Results is commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and RVO is responsible for its implementation. The facility aims to provide access to renewable energy for a minimum of 2 million poor people in developing countries, of which at least 500,000 in 11 focus countries. In addition, SDG 7 Results contributes to the SDGs on poverty reduction, health, gender, and climate change. The facility will provide result-based incentives to private entrepreneurs and aggregators of the private sector (NGOs and financing organisations) to innovate their business models and expand their activities into poorer segments and regions of the markets they already operate in. The final beneficiaries of the facility are poor households that currently remain unserved or underserved by markets for modern household energy.

 

Eligible applicants first submitted their concept note – on which RVO provided non-binding qualified advice – and then a full proposal. RVO is aware that local project developers may have a good proposition but lack experience of developing business plans and writing project proposals. The expert pool consultants from Advance Consulting provided guidance on the necessary steps of project development in order to ensure completeness and quality of full proposals submitted by applicants from the focus countries. Experts furthermore provided support to applicants in structuring their proposal by advising on essential aspects of the business case and financing models while meeting the needs and expectations of RVO. Only applicants based in one of the focus countries that received positive advice from RVO on their concept note were eligible for support from the expert pool during the full proposal phase.

 

For more information about this assignment or the SDG 7 Results facility, please contact Krisje Theuns - van Hees (krisje@advanceconsulting.nl).