About the ACP-EU Energy Facility

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 Energy Facility, it was decided to create a second Energy Facility, which has later been extended to include more projects than originally foreseen.

Therefore, a total of four Calls for Proposals (CfP) have been made under the EF: under the first EF (9th EDF) only one CfP was launched committing EUR 196 million to supporting projects; under the second EF (10th EDF), EUR 100 million was allocated to the first CfP, EUR 132 million to the second (targeting rural electrification) and EUR 15 million to the third call (targeting fragile states).


A total of 173 projects were selected to receive support to increase access to energy in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and a total project budget of approximately EUR 800 million has been provided by the EU and other donors. Most projects of the first EF have now ended or are about to be finalized. In addition, many of the projects from the first CfP under the second EF have ended or been extended. Subsequent projects are either about to start or are being implemented.

Danish Energy Management has been granted the contract of providing technical assistance for the monitoring of the Energy Facility’s projects.

The purpose of the contract is as follows:

  • To assist the European Commission (relevant Units and Delegations) and the ACP Secretariat in the monitoring of the Energy Facility projects financed under the 10th EDF, assuring the measurement and follow up on the performance of the projects and the achievements of the objectives of the Energy Facility.

The present website emphasizes the dissemination of project results. It allows the EU to:

  • contribute to the quality in implementation through the dissemination of results, success stories and lessons learned from the Energy Facility projects;
  • encourage a community of practice that fosters the exchange of experience between projects.

Strengthened support to the ACP-EU Energy Facility

The ACP-EU Energy Facility (EF) is entering into its last phase. Based on the breadth and variety of projects supported under the fund since 2005, the emphasis of the monitoring contract has adjusted to develop an overview of achievements made and to draw lessons from the implementation of EF projects. By performing end-of-project site visits, the monitoring team is able to gather data on what has worked well, such as effective and replicable business models. The findings and results will serve as a valuable tool for future energy projects.

In agreement with the EU Delegations in the project countries, the Energy Facility monitoring team will dispatch:

– Monitoring experts to projects that have been completed to gather results, best practices and success stories

– Technical experts to projects experiencing problems in implementation in order to support the project in troubleshooting and to provide recommendations for improvement of project performance

Danish Energy Management, who has been doing desk-based monitoring and research of the Energy Facility Projects since 2009, will provide the new service as well as continue to provide technical assistance for the monitoring of the Energy Facility projects and provide assistance to the Energy Facility projects in the review of progress reports, holding knowledge sharing events and producing case studies and thematic analyses.

The Technical Assistance to the monitoring of the Energy Facility’s projects will continue until August 2019.

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.