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Call for proposals: 2X Global

12 February 2024

2X Global is launching an innovative research project seeking to improve the outcomes for women-led clean energy enterprises through applied research. This applied research will focus on the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia Pacific.

2X Global and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) will lead independent research projects aligned with the theme of supporting women in the clean energy sector. The ensuing project description and call for proposals focus on the particular research stream led by 2X Global. 3 regional research leads from and based in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, and/or Asia-Pacific will be selected for an innovative applied research project.


  • Call for proposal: Improving outcomes for women-led clean energy enterprises through applied research.
  • Submission deadline: 10 March 2024
  • Budget: Between USD $50,000 and $70,000, depending on the scope of the proposal submitted.
  • Objectives:
    1. Generate knowledge on locally relevant climate- and gender-smart innovative finance solutions developed by local emerging fund managers enabling a gender-equitable low-carbon energy transition.
    2. Create a springboard of evidence and findings to attract further capital towards locally relevant clean energy solutions with a credible gender lens led by local fund managers. This evidence base on the business and impact case seeks to unlock more capital from a broad spectrum of investors and capital providers along the risk-return spectrum.
    3. Support local emerging fund managers to generate novel impact measurement insights at a compelling gender- and climate nexus.
    4. These academically rigorous and practitioner-relevant knowledge outputs will be disseminated in various venues and platforms to inform policy and practice.


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Only proposals from individuals, teams and/or organisations from and based in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and/or Asia-Pacific will be considered.

2X Global, in collaboration with ANDE, is one of the 12 projects working with the Clean Energy for Development initiative. Their project seeks to reduce barriers and improve pathways to growth for women-led enterprises in clean energy, with a particular focus on gender-smart capital mobilisation towards locally relevant clean energy solutions.

Visit the 2X Global website for more details and information about this call for proposals.

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