Afghanistan rural energy market transformation initiative – Strengthening resilience of livelihoods through sustainable energy access

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From November 26, 2020 to July 19, 2026

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy
  2. 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy

Project ID: 6485

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Renewable Energy


  • Resource: Solar
  • Type: Off-grid, mini-grids


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Energy

UNDP role(s)

  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Capacity building
  • Law regulation
  • Monitor inventory


  • Awareness raising
  • Energy finance
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Institutional framework
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Standards/ Labeling/ Guideline
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.1 Ensure universal access to sustainable, reliable energy
  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Poverty reduction

Project description

This project focuses on realizing the conditions for rural renewable energy mini-grid development in Afghanistan by means of policy development, capacity building and procurement preparations for renewable energy mini-grids for which sites have already been identified.

USD $17,198,843

Grant amount

USD $4,200,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Green Climate Fund Common ($17,198,843)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)

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