The ACP-EU Energy Facility (EF) was established in 2005 to co-finance projects on increasing access to modern and sustainable energy services for the poor in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, especially in rural and peri-urban areas. Following the successful implementation of the first EF, it was decided to create a second one. A total of Three Calls for Proposals have been made under the EF: one under the 9th EDF (EUR 196 million) and two under the 10th EDF (EUR 100 million + EUR 25 million top-up). A total of 140 projects were selected and successfully managed under the first two Calls for Proposals for a total grant selection of about EUR 300 million. Most projects of the first Call for Proposals have now ended or about to be finalized. The projects from the second Call for Proposals are currently under implementation and a few of them have ended.
The monitoring of the ACP-EU Energy Facility has two main purposes:
To provide information, advice and support to the EC Delegations in charge of the management of the Energy Facility contracts. The project implementing bodies can benefit from this assistance.
To facilitate rapid and effective reporting from Task Managers of the Energy Facility to the hierarchy and to the external partners of the EC.
The present website emphasises the dissemination of project results and will allow to:
Contribute to the quality in implementation through the dissemination of results, successful stories and lessons learned from the Energy Facility’s projects
Foster contacts and exchanges of experience between projects.
For more information on the EF Projects please visit the ACP-EU EF Projects Database.
For more general information on the programme please visit the EuropeAid website.
Education has played an important role in many of the EF 1 projects. This has ranged, for instance, from educating beneficiaries on different aspects of energy efficiency, to building capacity of local and national decision makers, to enabling the provision of electricity in schools. The project from Malawi highlighted below involved a number of educational aspects which together led to improvements in access to energy and in local livelihoods.
There are a number of different ways in which EF 1 projects improved access to modern energy services. For instance, some provided direct access to energy products for unserved populations, such as solar home systems and improved cook stoves, whereas others were focused at the institutional level, such as improving capacity for energy related policy improvements or industry. The project highlighted below was able to impact both directly through the construction of biogas plants and more broadly through building the capacity in the biogas sector in Kenya.
The projects implemented under EF 1 covered a variety of activities – from large scale transmission projects, to off-grid solar PV projects, to capacity building, to name a few. Continuing with our look at some of the successes from EF 1, below is a brief description of a project which successfully combined business enterprise training with energy products to enhance energy services across three countries.