Alongside other critical interventions, end user subsidies for off-grid solar solutions will play a key role in ensuring that no one is left behind in the bid to achieve universal electrification. However, to optimise the impacts of end user subsidies, they must a) work alongside other ‘pro-poor solutions’ (e.g., fiscal support, financial innovations, supply-side subsidies), and b) be developed carefully to avoid impeding other energy access efforts. The End User Subsidy Lab, will undertake two main workstreams to catalyse smart, holistic end-user subsidies:
Knowledge generation and exchange
- Sharing insights, best practices, tools and information, leveraging knowledge from previous and current subsidy schemes/models from sector specific and adjacent sectors
- Crowding in knowledge, resources and expertise from all stakeholders interested in end user subsidies via Webinars, events and an online resource hub.
- Creating a pipeline of well developed end user subsidy opportunities.
Developing end-user subsidy designs
Synthesising or collecting the data needed to ensure varied end-user subsidies models are effectively developed and implemented
Connecting with a range of stakeholders at the national and international levels to get robust inputs into, and feedback on, proposed subsidy designs, including governments, development partners, civil society organisations and the private sector.
- Creating and testing subsidy prototypes that outline the overarching design elements specific to country or programmatic contexts
- Supporting the effective implementation of end user subsidy schemes
- Monitoring and evaluating end user subsidy programmes to enable continuous learning and improvement in subsidy design