Finnpartnership’s Matchmaking Service

Finnpartnership’s Matchmaking Service helps companies and organisations in Finland and developing countries including Southern and East African countries, to seek out a new cooperation opportunities and business partners.

Finnpartnership channels business partnership initiatives from developing countries to companies in Finland and vice versa. Business partnerships refer to long-term joint activities between companies or other economic actors in Finland and in developing countries, such as joint ventures or importing from developing countries.

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Success stories – Gigawatt Global

The EEP programme partially funded project Gigawatt Global successfully closed on $23.7 million in financing on an 8.5 MW solar photovoltaic power plant from an international consortium of equity investors and debt providers including Norway’s development finance institution Norfund, Dutch development bank FMO (which arranged the senior debt package), the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), and Norwegian-headquartered Scatec Solar.

The project was partially funded through grants from the Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) Programme, a partnership of the British, Finnish and Austrian governments and the United States Government via the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) ACEF Grant. The project, East Africa’s first utility-scale solar field, will increase the Rwanda’s power generation capacity by approximately 8%.



Sixth EEP S&EA CFP attracts private sector applications for more than € 30 million

CFP6, the application period of which closed earlier today January 15th, has received close to 100 concept note application submissions for a wide array of both renewable energy and energy efficiency business projects in EEP Partner countries in southern and east Africa. The vast majority features a primary target group for CFP6, i.e. local private sector applicants.

Given that the aggregate amount applied for within the requested grant window totals more than € 30 million and significantly exceeds the funding amount available for CFP6, the challenge fund nature of EEP will now feature somewhat prominently in the concept note screening components to follow.

Since the concept note screening timetable available is rather compact, applicant representatives specified as contact points for the purpose of their particular CFP6 concept note application are encouraged to be as observant and responsive as possible in the next coming days, should further application related information be requested in their particular case.

Once again, many thanks go to all entities who have expressed such strong interest in EEP S&EA activities in conjunction with the CFP6 application period. We now look forward to providing further information to all applicants in the near future once those being invited to submit their full proposals have been determined through the applicable EEP selection process.

The CFP6 application period is now closed

CFP6 is now closed for the concept note submission. The final date for the submission was January 15th 2014 at 13.00 (GMT+2). CFP6 was the first Call for window 2 in the EEP history and hence ECO team wants thank all of the organizations who applied for the fund. The concept notes screening is now under evaluation team’s work and for the selected projects the invitations for full proposals will be sent around mid-February.

The next opportunity to apply for EEP S&EA funding will be under Window 1 – Innovation.
Window 1 is scheduled to be opened early this year.

CFP6 Frequently Asked Questions

Sixth Call for Proposals Frequently Asked Questions

The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa, Phase II Sixth Call for Proposals (CFP6)

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Market Creation:
– Bridging Near-Commercial Local Projects to Sustainable Bankability

With emphasis on the most frequently asked questions, this is an edited summary of the enquiry period of the CFP6 concept note stage which as per the CFP6 announcement ran Nov 29th-Dec 13th.

Click here to see the most frequently asked questions (PDF) >>


5- Star Cook Stoves Won the 2013 Seed Award!

EEP S&EA funded project, 5 Star Cook Stoves has been awarded with a SEED (Supporting Entepreneurs for Sustainable Development) award! The SEED is awarded by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN.

The 5 star cook stoves –project was awarded with the EEP grant on the 3rd call for proposals and again on the 5th call for proposals for a scale-up. 5 Star Stoves creates a local bio-energy value chain out of waste biomass. The project produces biomass pellets and use them in stoves for cooking and heating. The stoves are distributed to communities by a franchise model and assembled locally ( To read more about the project, visit


EEP Programme launched in Seychelles, Lesotho, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi

The EEP Programme has recently been launched in Seychelles, Lesotho, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to create national level awareness to stakeholders on the EEP-S&EA and inform on the grant application processes and planned dates for the next Call for Proposals. These countries are the newest to be included in the EEP as per its plans to expand and covering more countries in the regions of Southern and Eastern Africa.

All launching events were attended by high level government officials including Ministers responsible for energy and environment, Ambassadors of Finland in the respective countries, civil society, government agencies, research institutions and private companies.

Below is some articles of the launching events in the five countries.

The event was also covered in The National, and published at

The Nation – Seychelles,

New Vision – Uganda,

The Observer – Uganda,

Informative – Lesotho,