The Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa) is a clean energy facility managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) with funding from Austria, Finland and NDF. It is guided by a vision for a climate resilient, zero-carbon future with the aim of contributing to achievement of the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
EEP Africa provides early stage grant and catalytic debt financing for innovative clean energy projects, technologies and business models in Southern and East Africa. The immediate objective is to enhance clean energy access, development and investment, with a particular focus on benefitting vulnerable and underserved groups.
EEP Africa focuses on three core activities:
Clean Energy Financing: EEP Africa channels funding through two windows. EEP Innovation provides early stage grant financing to projects in active development through competitive, open calls-for-proposals. There have been 15 calls since 2010. EEP Catalyst is the Fund’s impact investing window providing flexible, follow-on debt financing to successful EEP Africa grantees.
Investment Facilitation and Business Development Support: EEP Africa improves the investment readiness of projects through targeted business support services and by facilitating linkages with the investor community. EEP Africa regularly organizes Investor Forums, an invitation-only matchmaking event offering investors access to a pipeline of investable clean energy projects.
Knowledge, Policy and Partnerships: EEP Africa leverages the extraordinary applied learning happening inside its diverse project portfolio to develop a wide range of knowledge products that advance clean energy understanding and awareness. EEP Africa regularly organizes Knowledge Exchange Forums (KEFs), which are open events that bring together clean energy stakeholders for discussions on trends, experiences and lessons learned.
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