Financing technology for new markets
Climate change and environmental degradation affects people living in poverty to a greater extent than less vulnerable groups. In many developing countries there is an increasing demand for sustainable technical solutions that reduce the environmental impact of the local communities and improve the living conditions for people living in poverty.
The demand is high within areas such as energy, waste management and water treatment. International technology transfers between countries can be a way of identifying and spreading new solutions and increasing knowledge about them.
The Demo Environment Programme funds international technology transfers involving buyers in the following 14 countries:
- Africa: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia
- Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia
- Latin America: Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala
- Western Balkans: Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia
- Eastern Europe: Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
The programme’s emphasis is on cleantech products, systems, processes, and services which offers clear advantages over competing solutions in the following focus areas:
- Climate change adaption/mitigation
- Ecosystem services
- Renewable energy
- Water and sanitation
- Urban development
Grants for Planning activities and Demonstration Projects
Grants for planning activities are awarded to help entrepreneurs explore new markets and research their technology’s impact on the environment and poverty reduction. In Demonstration Projects, local actors receive financing to help them import technologies that offer solutions to local environmental challenges.
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The Seller in a partnership can apply for a Planning Grant, and the Buyer can apply for a Demonstration Project grant. However, a partnership may not submit applications for both grants during a single call for applications.
The Demo Environment programme is financed by The Swedish Agency for Development Cooperation (Sida), and has been managed by The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) since 2007.