We believe showcasing successful examples of concrete economic projects contributing to climate protection and sustainable development is the best way to encourage replication and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. We are therefore constantly seeking Best Practice Projects relating to developing and emerging countries which deliver a positive climate impact and set an example to others.

Focus 2019: Financing for Climate Projects

Due to the currently very high interest in this topic, our most recent online call focused on “Financing for Climate Projects”. Below we present ten carefully selected showcase projects and five best practice finance instruments that demonstrate a variety of different financing approaches. A detailed report discussing how these examples contribute to low-carbon, sustainable development and containing derived success factors and policy recommendations is available for download: AWS Special Report 2019

The annual Best Practice Call is part of the brainbows Post Paris Navigator, an initiative supported by the Austrian Development Agency and the Austrian Economic Chambers.

Top 10 Best Practice Projects


Mwenga Hydro & Rural Electrification Project, Southern Tanzania

An integrated, renewable energy infrastructure project to supply rural households and businesses

Submitter: Rift Valley Energy Ltd
Location: Mufindi District, Iringa Region, Tanzania


Swimsol Solar Islands, Maldives

The world‘s first sea floating solar system, designed for tropical islands and coastal regions

Submitter: Swimsol GmbH
Location: Maadhoo, Dhidhoofinolhu and Raa, Maldives


Developing Small & Medium-Sized Hydropower Plants in Laos

Austrian capital and know-how transfer promoting sustainable hydropower in Southeast Asia

Submitter: Rendcor GmbH
Location: Laos


Solartainer® in Southern Mali

A mobile plug & play solar power plant and energy storage for remote, off-grid areas

Submitter: Africa GreenTec AG
Location: 50 villages in Southern Mali


Solar Cooling and Hot Water for Managua Hospital

A lighthouse project for the promotion of solar cooling in Central America

Submitter: S.O.L.I.D. Gesellschaft für Solarinstallation und Design mbH
Location: Managua, Nicaragua


Integral Energy Systems for Off-Grid Households made in Lesotho

A locally produced, innovative energy system, combining biomass, photovol-taics and “smart“ technology

Submitter: African Clean Energy (Pty) Ltd
Location: Maseru, Lesotho


Protecting Tajikistan's Hydropower from Climate Risks

An innovative approach to incorporate climate change considerations into critical infrastructure investments

Submitter: Green Climate Fund
Location: Ghafurov District, Sughd Region, Northern Tajikistan


Upgrading Municipal Water Infrastructure in South Africa

Promoting market-based deployment of clean energy technology solutions in municipal waterworks

Submitter: REEEP, UNIDO
Location: !Kheis Local Municipality, Northern Cape, and Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape


Quinto Centenario Cycle Avenue, Bogotá

Supporting a mobility transformation in Colombia‘s capital

Submitter: C40 Cities Finance Facility and Secretaría de Movilidad, Bogotá
Location: Bogotá, Colombia


Concentrated Solar Power for Desalination, United Arab Emirates

An Austrian start-up innovating concentrated solar power technology

Submitter: Solabolic GmbH
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Top 5 Best Practice Finance Instruments


Sub-National Climate Fund Africa

An innovative blended finance vehicle for mid-sized sustainable infrastructure projects in Africa

Submitter: Blue Orchard Finance Ltd and R20 Regions of Climate Action


Carbon Fund of the University of Natural Resources Vienna

Combining carbon compensation with academic teaching and research

Submitter: University of Natural Resources Vienna (BOKU)


Intermediated Loans by the Development Bank of Austria

OeEB provides climate finance to financial intermediaries

Submitter: Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB)


GEEREF NeXt Fund-of-Funds

Catalyzing private sector equity investment for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects

Submitter: European Investment Bank


Africas First Certified Climate Bonds, Nigeria

Proceeds of sovereign and corporate green bonds support the transition of Africas largest oil producer

Submitter: Climate Bonds Initiative

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