About EEP Africa

The Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa) is a clean energy financing facility hosted and managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) with funding from Austria, Finland, Iceland, NDF and Switzerland. It is guided by a vision for a climate-resilient, zero-carbon future with the aim of contributing to the achievement of the Paris Agreement on climate change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

EEP Africa provides early-stage grant and catalytic financing to innovative clean energy projects, technologies and business models in 15 countries across Southern and East Africa. Project financing is supplemented by technical support, investment facilitation and knowledge sharing.

Core Activities

EEP Innovation provides early-stage grant financing through competitive calls for proposals. EEP Catalyst is piloting follow-on debt financing to help close financing gaps and crowd in new investors.

EEP Africa improves the investment readiness of projects and companies through targeted business support services and by facilitating linkages with the global investor community.

EEP Africa leverages the applied learning happening inside its diverse portfolio to develop a wide range of knowledge products, events and partnerships that advance best practices in the clean energy sector.

Where We Work
Africa-Funding

Botswana

Burundi

Eswatini

Kenya

Lesotho

Malawi

Mozambique

Namibia

Rwanda

Seychelles

South Africa

Tanzania

Uganda

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Funding Partners

Host Institution

The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is both Fund Manager and funding partner for EEP Africa, and led the relaunch of EEP Africa as a multi-donor trust fund in 2018. Headquartered in Helsinki, NDF provides flexible, catalytic financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation in lower income and countries in fragile situations with focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. NDF is the joint Nordic climate and development finance institution established by the governments of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Funding Partner

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation and has supported EEP Africa since 2010. ADA’s goals prioritise reducing poverty, ensuring peace and contributing towards conservation of the environment with particular emphasis on gender equality and climate protection. ADA’s focus themes, such as the water-energy-food security nexus and private sector development, are strongly supported by EEP Africa.

Funding Partner

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs administers Finland’s ODA budget and led EEP Africa from 2010-2017. Finland’s development policy supports eradication of poverty and inequality and the promotion of sustainable development with particular focus on strengthening the rights of the most vulnerable, promoting gender equality and improving climate change preparedness and mitigation. Enhancing energy access is a key component in reaching these goals.

Funding Partner

The Directorate for International Development Cooperation is a division of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland and has supported EEP Africa since 2022. The Strategy for International Development Cooperation focuses on the promotion of human rights and gender equality, peace and security, as well as the fight against poverty, social injustice, disparity in living conditions and hunger. Iceland´s International Development Cooperation is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Funding Partner

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and has supported EEP Africa since 2021. The main goal of Swiss development cooperation is to reduce poverty through supporting human and economic development, the protection of the environment and the promotion of peace and good governance. To reach a sustainable systemic change, the SDC is implementing various projects in partnership with various actors including EEP Africa.

Partnerships

EEP Africa is proud to collaborate with a wide range of other organizations to enhance synergies and strengthen impact. The following organizations have all partnered with EEP Africa in recent years, such as co-sponsoring an event or peer reviewing a publication.

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EEP Africa Team

The EEP Africa Team is headed by a fund management unit at NDF in Helsinki, Finland, and operates out of regional hubs in Nairobi, Kenya, Pretoria, South Africa and Harare, Zimbabwe. The team is comprised of a diverse group of staff and consultants with multi-sectoral profiles and extensive regional expertise in energy access, clean energy financing, energy policy and partnerships, portfolio management, and monitoring and evaluation.

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