Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund [NDF C104]

The immediate objective and unifying theme is enhanced access to clean energy in the SEA region, with particular focus on supporting poor and underserved groups, through direct financing, investment facilitation, business development support, and knowledge and policy engagement.

Regional Africa

Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund

Ref.: NDF C104

NDF Financing: EUR 10 million
Trust Fund Period: open-ended
Partner Agency: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA Finland); Austrian Development Agency (ADA); Others (tbd)
Implementing Agency: NDF

 

Objective

This project consists of (1) establishment of the Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP or Fund) as a multi-donor clean energy financing facility covering 15 countries in Southern and East Africa (SEA) under direct management by NDF and (2) financing of EUR 10 million toward the Fund’s first close.

EEP is a clean energy financing facility providing early stage and catalytic financing primarily for private-sector-led projects in Southern and East Africa (SEA). It was first established as a closed-end programme in 2010 with funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA Finland), the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

EEP has established a strong brand for delivery and impact, supporting more than 200 pioneering projects leveraging innovative clean energy technologies and energy access business models to transform lives and livelihoods. With the launch of the EEP Trust Fund in January 2018, NDF will ensure that this proven and effective model will remain relevant in a fast changing energy financing landscape.

The new Fund will directly help to realise the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement, while reflecting NDF’s mandate and strategic horizons as a climate finance institution providing financing and knowledge for climate and development.

The Fund will build upon and enhance the successes of the first 7 years of programme delivery. It will establish an open-ended trust fund structure for resource mobilization on a rolling basis, monitoring and reporting impact indicators over a longer time horizon and leverage NDF flexibility to deploy a more diversified set of blended finance instruments.

The Fund’s overall goal is to contribute directly to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular: No Poverty (SDG 1); Gender Equality (SDG 5); Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7); Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8); and Climate Action (SDG 13). The Fund will report on key indicators underlying each of these goals.

The fund’s more immediate goal is to enhance access to clean energy in the SEA region, especially among poor and underserved communities, by providing direct financing, facilitating investment, supporting business development, sharing knowledge and promoting policy engagement. It is designed to support countries across the region towards a climate-resilient, zero-carbon future.

The Fund will be a driver of sustainable and inclusive green growth and climate change mitigation by supporting countries across the region toward the realization of a climate resilient, zero-carbon future.

Financing

NDF EUR 10 million; MFA Finland EUR 15 million; ADA EUR 3 million.

Other information

On 3-4 June 2019, the Board of Directors approved additional financing of EUR 12 million with the purpose of addressing immediate funding needs, seeding a second round of commitments from other donors, and providing capital to launch the pilot phase of the Fund’s follow-on investment window, EEP Catalyst.

NDF Contact

Program Manager Charles Wetherill
Telephone +358 10 618 002

More information:

EEP Website

Related news and stories

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA Finland), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and NDF met with representatives of 10 other agencies at the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria to highlight latest results from the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme (EEP) for Southern and East Africa (SEA) and share a preview of the way forward and strategic directions for the next phase.

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) joined NDF and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA Finland) as a donor to the new Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) raising combined commitments to the Fund to EUR 28 million.

Last year the Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa transitioned into a multi-donor trust fund. The EEP Africa Trust Fund is hosted by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), with funding currently from Austria, Finland and NDF. This new chapter combines a proven model for delivering results with an evolution of the facility.

EEP Africa hosted its 8th Knowledge Exchange Forum (KEF) on 28 March in Johannesburg, South Africa. The theme for this KEF was Productive Use and Drivers for Renewable Energy Uptake in the SADC Region

EEP Africa's first Annual Report since its transition to a multi-donor fund hosted by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) is now published. The report highlights the new project portfolio and plans for the future, while also showcasing EEP Africa’s cumulative achievements since 2010