The Energy Facility is a co-financing instrument established in 2005 in order to support projects on increasing access to sustainable and affordable energy services for the poor living in rural and peri-urban areas in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

More than 1.6 billion people in the world mainly concentrated in rural and peri-urban areas of developing countries do not have access to electricity. The situation is particularly severe in African, Caribbean and Pacifique (ACP) countries, where the rate of access to electricity can be as low as 10% in rural areas. Access to energy is a fundamental prerequisite for economic growth and social well-being.

The European Comission established the ACP-EU Energy Facility within the EU Energy Initiative for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development (EUEI). The EUEI was launched by the European Union in 2002 during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in order to confirm its commitment to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in terms of poverty alleviation and eradication.

A second Energy Facility (EFII) , with a total budget of €200 million, has been established under the 10th European Development Fund for the period 2009-2013.

The second Energy Facility will be implemented through two calls of proposals, the first € 100 million call was launched at the end of November 2009, and two new co-financing instruments namely a financial support to energy governance through the EUEI-Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI-PDF) and a pooling mechanism which involves European financing institutions and the private sector.

The call is a two steps one:
  • First, submission of a short concept note (deadline for submission 1st of February 2010) and its assessment by an evaluation committee.
  • Second, invitation for submission of a detailed proposal for those projects selected after the first step (the foreseen dedaline for submission is June 2010) .

The call is divided into two components:
  • Component 1: Projects to increase access to modern, affordable and sustainable energy services for poor in rural and peri-urban areas with a special focus on decentralised and renewable energy solutions as well as on energy efficiency measures.
  • Component 2: Actions to improve governance and framework conditions in the energy sector at regional, national and local levels, in particular those aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Applicants and partners

  • All African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, public and private bodies, intergovernmental organisations that are made up primarily of sovereign states or member states which are part of the ACP countries and civil society actors (NGOs and others) may be partners or applicants.
  • All EU public and private bodies and civil society actors (NGOs and others) may be partners or applicants. For EU applicants the partnership with an ACP actor is compulsory.
  • All international organisations can be partners or co-donors.

  • Download the application form here
  • Download the guidelines here

Find all application details here

Further information

If you have any questions concerning the Call for Proposals please contact: Europeaid-energy-facility-helpdesk at .

ACP Water & Energy Facility Unit
EuropeAid Cooperation Office

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