The Nigeria Off-Grid Market Acceleration Program: Annual Impact Report
The Nigeria Off-Grid Market Acceleration Program (NOMAP) is an independent market accelerator that aims to address market barriers limiting energy access in Nigeria. It is supported by the Shell Foundation, USAID and, most recently, DFID. NOMAP accelerates the off-grid energy in Nigeria using a mix of research, coordination and direct interventions. Its key attributes such as independence, a focus on result, local leadership and nimbleness uniquely position it to deliver outstanding results and complement the efforts of other off-grid energy programs in Nigeria.
Market Intelligence for the Sector
In the past year, NOMAP has worked with solar home systems companies, mini-grid developers, the Rural Electrification Agency as well as other stakeholders to address two key market barriers facing the sector. NOMAP set out to build credible market intelligence to support the development of mini-grids and the deployment of solar home systems in ten Nigerian states. In support of the Energising Economies Initiative (EEI) in Nigeria, it also worked with the REA in undertaking energy audits across five market clusters in Kano and Kaduna states. The market intelligence it has provided, amongst other uses, has been utilized for various REA programs including its flagship Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP); it is also being used by private off-grid energy companies to develop business and expansion plans.
Payment Integration for Last Mile Collection
NOMAP also undertook a pilot to assess the feasibility of using agent banking network, in the absence of mobile money, to collect Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) subscription from unbanked Solar Home System customers. NOMAP has learned a great deal from these two interventions and has documented its key learnings in this report. To deliver on these interventions, NOMAP has forged cross-sectoral partnerships with FINTECH and Big Data companies, to adapt products from these sectors to address energy access barriers. Going Forward Based on stakeholders’ feedback, NOMAP has gotten the commitment of its funders to extend the program by two years, through to end of 2021. Its interventions will consolidate on the gains made in its first years. NOMAP will convene an advisory board to provide guidance to the program and also hold it accountable. The advisory board will have representations from industry stakeholders and its funders—USAID, the Shell Foundation and DFID. The robust impact framework will assist the board to hold it accountable and help assess the effectiveness of its interventions.
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