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Illustration UNLOCK
UNLOCK is Proparco’s innovative guarantee scheme offered to financial institutions to jointly cover the risk on long-term financing in local currency for key development projects.
Key aspects of UNLOCK


Generating impact through a long-term partnership



  • Issues guarantee
  • Extends the tenor of the local currency financing
  • Brings on board regional and international expertise
  • Enhances creditworthiness with its AA rating (S&P’s)

Local commercial bank:

  • Provides project financing
  • Ensures liquidity throughout the life of the loan
  • Brings on board local market know-how

Eligible projects:

  • Financing needs of 20-50 M USD (or equivalent)
  • Multisector development project: infrastructure, energy, agriculture, manufacturing and services
How does it work?

Proparco issues a guarantee in favour of the local bank, to then on-lend to the project company. The structure is based on strong coordination between partners, with Proparco acting as co-lead arranger of the financing.

How Unlock works
Proparco provides increased risk coverage over time


What type of guarantee?

UNLOCK is a suretyship guarantee that can be called upon after collection efforts have been exhausted and acceleration has been invoked.

Type of guarantee


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Unlocking Solar Capital in Namibia

Despite having one of the best solar resources in the world, Namibia imports more than 60% of its electricity needs.

Proparco provided a guarantee to a local bank - Standard Bank - to finance the construction of Namibia's first solar power plant. Amounting to nearly 8% of the total installed capacity in the country, this power plant will allow Namibia to reduce its energy dependence and expand local access to clean and affordable energy.


  • 112 GWh per year of clean energy to the national grid, enough to meet the annual electricity needs of over 70 000 Namibians.
  • Local economy and stakeholder engagement
  • Innovative on-the-ground funding solution with potential for replication in regional and new markets.

“Proparco and Standard Bank jointly designed an integrated offer which enabled the project company to secure long-term financing in local currency.”

Juan Laso, Executive President – Alten Energías Renovables