Shell Foundation is an independent charity that applies business thinking to the global development challenges of access to energy and transport services.
The charity provides business support, grants and market connections to help social entrepreneurs prove new business models in low-income communities. The charity selects partners who could benefit 10 million people within 10 years, achieve financial independence and spur international replication.
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Since 2000, Shell Foundation has deployed $344 million of grant funding in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Its current portfolio consists of 71 early-stage businesses and new market builders.
In 2019, the charity's activities included the co-creation of a new business that aims to integrate energy solutions to deliver universal access in rural African markets. Konexa’s services include improving existing grid reliability, providing additional generation capacity and delivering affordable off-grid technologies such as solar home systems and mini-grids.
The charity also entered a new £30 million, five-year strategic partnership with the UK government in 2019. The CASEE (Catalysing Agriculture by Scaling Energy Ecosystems) partnership plans to deliver access to energy for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and builds on the existing strategic partnerships focused on household and small business energy needs.