Answers to Frequent Questions

In this section you will find answers to frequent questions related to the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme.

Q; What is the Energy and Environment Partnership  Programme S&EA?

A; The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme in Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) is an initiative of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA), the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), with an aim to serve the energy needs of the 13 participating African countries. The initiative is focused on fast-tracking renewable energy projects, with simple yet innovative solutions to alleviate energy poverty in the region.

Q; How does the EEP support projects ?

A; EEP aims at bridging the gap between a good idea and a bankable project by providing part-financing to project proposals. These projects include various types of feasibility studies aiming at concrete investments, pilot, scale-up, demonstration, replication and rejuvenating  projects.

Q; Which is the main objective of the  Programme?

A; 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.

Q; What are the main selection criteria for projects ?

A; To qualify for EEP support projects should demonstrate high innovation in delivering energy services, facilitating technology transfer, encouraging cooperation and local stakeholders’ participation in projects. The  six eligibility conditions are (1) clear development rationale and an economic rationale, 2) Clear demonstration of additionality, 3) Clear sustainable development outcomes, 4) Minimisation of market distortions, 5) Credible contribution to achieving systemic market impact, and 6) Incentives with commercial partners are aligned.

In addition, specific attention needs to be given to the following cross cutting characteristics; gender, poverty reduction, innovation and difficult markets.

Q; Does the Partnership require local counterpart ?

A; Yes, it’s necessary to get a counterpart in kind or cash from the project developer.

Q; How many projects Energy and Environment Partnership Programme has been funding ?

A; By June 2017, 225 projects have been granted EEP funding.

Q; Which are the kind of technologies to be considerate by the Energy and Environment Partnership?

A; EEP supports renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in all sectors, including solid biomass, biogas and biofuels, solar PV, wind power, waste-to-energy, hydro and wave energy.

Q; How is funding for the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme?

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

Q; How to apply?

A; See  section “How to apply “>>