WHO IS OUR CLIENT
Umeme Limited is Uganda's main electricity distribution company, servicing more than 860,000 customers. Umeme is a listed on the Uganda securities exchange and cross listed on the Nairobi securities exchange.
The funding is part of a larger already ongoing investment program, which aims at the reduction of commercial and technical losses and increased collections. Furthermore, it covers the up-grading and expansion of Umeme's distribution network. FMO will be acting as B-Lender behind the International Finance Corporation (IFC), who is part of the World Bank Group and an existing lender to Umeme.
WHY WE FUND THIS PROJECT
The investment program has the intention to lead to substantial development impact. The financing will help reduce distribution losses, increase collection rates, improve operational efficiency, altogether reducing the cost of electricity. The investment in a distribution company in a Low Income Country in Africa, has a very good fit with FMO's energy strategy.
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ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF FMO
Communities who believe they will be negatively affected by a project funded by the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) may be able to file a complaint with the Independent Complaints Mechanism, which is the joint independent accountability mechanism of the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the German Investment Corporation (KfW) . A complaint can be filed in writing, by email, post, or online. The complaint can be filed in English or any other language of the complainant. The Independent Complaints Mechanism is comprised of a three-member Independent Expert Panel and it can provide either problem-solving, compliance review or both, in either order. Additional information about this accountability mechanism, including a guide and template for filing a complaint, can be found at: https://www.fmo.nl/independent-complaints-mechanism.