OPEC development fund to support energy access in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic

Sep 21, 2017

Installing solar panels in schools in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a US$ 800,000 grant to help rural populations in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic get access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy.

The initiative will promote scalable, private sector-led business models, with a focus on solar products.

UNDP and OFID have been working with each other since the 1980s. In 2015, both partners launched a grants competition in 20 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The awarded projects promoted entrepreneurship and employment of youth, women and disadvantaged groups in Albania, Tunisia and Kosovo*, and water treatment and distribution in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Somalia.

OFID’s grant program includes technical assistance for small-scale social schemes, sponsorship for research and other intellectual pursuits, and emergency relief aid.

*References to Kosovo on this website shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999)

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