The ACP-EU Energy Facility

Between 2011-2019, DEM has provided technical assistance to the ACP-EU Energy Facility (EF): Monitoring projects for the European Commission, assisting projects and European Delegations, and analyzing experiences and lessons learned from the 173 EU-supported projects in the form of a case study and nine discussion papers.

The 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. 173 project proposals have been granted co-funding from the EU for a total of 0.4 billion euros; 50% of the total project-budgets of 0.8 billion euros.

The projects cover a wide range of technologies

Electricity grid-extensions in rural and peri-urban areas, hydro-powered mini-grids, solar and hybrid-solar mini-grids, stand-alone solar solutions for businesses, households and public institutions, portable solar equipment mainly used for lighting, clean energy solutions for cooking such as improved firewood and charcoal cook stoves as well as biogas, biofuels for electricity generation, and capacity building of public institutions in the energy sector.

The projects have been, and are being, implemented in the period 2007-2021 with 90% of projects completed in 2019 when analysis was performed. The analyses focus on the intersections between energy access and other development impacts: The case study focusses on productive use-, job creation- and gender-impact of mini-grid electricity while the nine discussion papers embark on other themes: Health and Education, water, food security etc.

See and read all about the case study and the discussion papers here.

Sustainable Development through increased access to water and energy

Sustainable Development through access to energy for education and health

Link to French version of the videos

Education and Health Energy Facility – les établissements d’enseignement et de santé

Clean water Energy Facility – l’energie et à l’eau