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The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) is a Programme which promotes renewable energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE), and clean technology investments. The programme started 2002 in Central America before its implementation in South-East Asia and Africa. The EEP Programme in Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) is jointly funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (lead donor), The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). EEP implementation in southern and eastern Africa started in March 2010.

The overall objective of the EEP S&EA is to contribute to the reduction poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security in the Southern and East Africa regions while mitigating global climate change.

The final beneficiaries of the EEP Progamme include households, communities, health service centers, schools, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and industries that have access to improved energy services from EEP supported projects.

As a challenge fund, the EEP S&EA supports projects in the two regions that can contribute to the reduction of poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security while mitigating global climate change. To qualify for EEP support projects should also demonstrate high innovation in delivering energy services, facilitating technology transfer, encouraging cooperation and local stakeholders’ participation in projects.

Total funding for the first phase (2010-2013) was 25 million Euros and second phase (2013-2017) currently around 35 million Euros.

EEP-S&EA strategic approach

Renewable Energies provides a good basis for addressing the described challenges and problems in the Region. Renewables provide more people with access to energy services thus boosting economic development and supports the eradication of poverty, especially in rural areas. Renewable energy based economic development is in many cases more sustainable as it relies on local energy sources, creates local employment opportunities and prevents negative environmental externalities of the energy system (GHG emissions, local environmental impacts).

Programme Organisation and Governance

The EEP Phase II management and implementation is coordinated by the KPMG (Finland) EEP Coordination Office (KPMG ECO) based in Pretoria, South Africa. In the participating countries National Coordinators are appointed from the Ministries of Energy to participate in Programme coordination at the country level, providing also insights of new energy innovations in a region.

Representatives from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), The Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC) are members of the Supervisory Board, which has the overall oversight of the Programme.

The EEP S&EA Programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreing Affairs of Finland (lead donor), UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

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