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Gridworks makes equity investments in transmission, distribution and distributed renewable energy in Africa. Wholly owned and supported by British International Investment, the UK Government’s development finance institution, we develop and invest in critical power infrastructure, both on and off-grid. We are a partner to governments, utilities, and companies in the African power sector.

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Our Impact

Without reliable and well-run power infrastructure, companies don’t invest and grow, and economies fail to reach their potential. In Africa today, almost 600m people have no access to electricity. For those that do have a connection, their consumption is only 20% of the global average. Our impact comes from building financially sustainable companies that can deliver power to businesses and households across the continent.

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News

IFC partnership for Gridworks-backed utility in Burundi

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CEO’s letter: Simon Hodson reflects on his leadership of Gridworks

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Simon Hodson to step down as CEO of Gridworks

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SPS launches first-of-its-kind solar power wheeling project in Namibia

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CEO’s letter: Simon Hodson reflects on progress in 2023

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Focus on transmission at COP28

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Virunga Power launches new country-scale distribution utility in Burundi

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Investment in Transmission: A report from Gridworks and Hunton Andrews Kurth

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Gridworks announces new independent transmission project in Tanzania

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Virunga Power breaks ground on Burundi hydropower project

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Why we’re investing in Virunga Power

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Read our new Development Report

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What is Moyi Power and why are we developing the project?

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Moyi Power: Bringing clean, reliable and affordable electricity to northern DRC

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NEW VIDEO: Why does Africa’s development depend on effective electricity networks?

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CEO’s New Year Message: Reflecting on 2022, looking ahead to 2023

Welcome to my new year update. I’d like to tell you about the progress Gridworks made in 2022 developing and...
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Gridworks to invest up to US$50 million in African distributed renewable energy company, Virunga Power

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Gridworks at AIF 2022: Africa’s role in the global net-zero race

Gridworks recently spoke at the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) 2022 in Abidjan – the continent’s largest transactional investment marketplace. Championed...
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Gridworks appoints Patrick Crawford CB as new Chairman

Gridworks has appointed Patrick Crawford CB as its new Chairman. He takes over from Helen Tarnoy who had been in...
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Gridworks delivers solar industry training programme in Seychelles

Gridworks has delivered a solar industry training programme for technicians and engineers in Seychelles' key energy institutions to help spearhead...
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Perspectives

CEO’s letter: Simon Hodson reflects on his leadership of Gridworks

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Focus on transmission at COP28

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Investment in Transmission: A report from Gridworks and Hunton Andrews Kurth

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What is Moyi Power and why are we developing the project?

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Gridworks Perspectives: Private investment in transmission – concessions (part 3)

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Gridworks Perspectives: ‘Allocating Risks in Independent Transmission Projects’

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Gridworks Perspectives: Investing in transmission – the role of concessions

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Gridworks Perspectives: How to Boost Private Investment in Transmission

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Inspiratia:
Q&A: Gridworks on the Africa grid conundrum

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Investment Monitor Magazine:
Investors’ focus on SDG7 means Africa’s energy infrastructure is falling short

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Gridworks at the Power Africa Partners Week

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‘The Future of the African Grid’ – a blog from our Technical Director, Joe Corbett

Wherever you look around the world, electricity, whether in its generation, distribution, or marketing, is being disrupted by new technology...
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Investing for Green Growth – a blog on Gridworks’ new climate change policy

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New Video: A quick Q&A on development impact with Alice Chapple

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African Business Magazine:
UK investor Gridworks eyes African utilities overhaul

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Watch our new video – An introduction to Gridworks with Chief Executive, Simon Hodson

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“What is the Impact of Investing in Power?” – New report on how electricity affects development outcomes

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Devex:
Gridworks: Why the UK is taking a risk on investing in power transmission in Africa

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