About Rachel Keeler

Rachel manages impact and innovation matters for the IDAS Africa team. This includes capturing the impact of IDAS programmes, as well as researching best practice, industry innovations and development trends to keep IDAS at the cutting edge of development practice in emerging markets. Rachel has extensive experience in research and analysis of business, finance, investment and private sector-led development in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on East Africa. She has an academic research background at the graduate level in international political economy and African development. Her analytical and research background also includes international journalism and business analysis. Her skills include quantitative and qualitative research, writing, editing and online publishing. Work experience includes independent consulting for various clients including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Africa Investor, and the MENA Private Equity Association, as well as stints with the Financial Times and the US State Department, among others.

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Innovative business models for sustainable energy access in Africa






REACT – the Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change Technologies – calls for innovative business models to bring sustainable technologies to rural consumers in response to the following challenges …

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The REACT experience: Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change Technologies











The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund has challenged private businesses to do just that. Its Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change Technologies (REACT) funding window calls for businesses to propose and test out innovative models …

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Increasing renewable energy access through investment











Investment in renewable energy products is one promising way to bring energy to the disconnected households and businesses. Solar home products, LED lights, and rural charging stations can bring small amounts of power to people in remote areas …

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Energy access in Africa











Sustainable energy products and services have the potential to improve the lives and productivity of millions of rural households and businesses across sub-Saharan Africa that have no energy access. Private investment will be necessary to develop this market …

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