EEP was first launched in Southern and East Africa in 2010 under the leadership of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland with co-financing from Austria and since 2011 the United Kingdom. Finland has also supported four other regional EEP programmes in Central America, Andean region, Indonesia and Mekong region.  Since 2018 under the leadership of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), EEP Africa transitions from a fixed term programme to an open-ended multi-donor trust fund and climate finance facility, fully aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

EEP has channelled more than EUR 57 million to over 200 pioneering projects leveraging innovative clean energy technologies and energy access business models to transform lives and livelihoods with particular focus on the very poor. EEP projects have improved energy access for more than 900,000 households, roughly equivalent to the population of Finland, and contributed to more than 8,000 new jobs, of which more than 3,000 accrued to women. EEP financing has also triggered direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions of more than 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent and leveraged more than €150 million in additional investment. 

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