ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) was established by the ECOWAS Commission in 2008 during the 61st Session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers. ECREEE is a specialised ECOWAS agency based in Praia, Cabo Verde, with a public mandate to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency markets. It acts as an independent body but within the legal, administrative and financial framework of ECOWAS rules and regulations. The overall mandate of ECREEE is to contribute to the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of West Africa by improving access to modern, reliable and affordable energy services, energy security and reduction of energy related externalities (GHG, local pollution). Since its inception, ECREEE has been working diligently to create favourable conditions for regional RE & EE markets by supporting activities directed to mitigate existing technology, financial, economic, business, legal, policy, institutional, knowledge and capacity related barriers.
Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is the international business association for the decentralised renewable energy (DRE) industry, activating markets for affordable energy services, and creating local jobs and inclusive economies. ARE enables improved energy access through business development support for more than 170 Members along the whole value chain for DRE technologies.
ARE invites companies from the ECOWAS region to join ARE with the one-time limited offer: an additional 10% discount on the ARE Membership package of their choice.
GET.invest is a European programme which supports investments in decentralised renewable energy. The programme targets private sector business and project developers, financiers and regulators to build sustainable energy markets in developing countries. Services include market information, a funding database, matchmaking events and access-to-finance advisory. The programme is supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, and works closely with initiatives and business associations in the energy sector.
GET.invest is supported by
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is world’s leading provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development. GIZ operates throughout Germany and in more than 130 countries worldwide
Most of GIZ’s work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). However, GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries and public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include governments of other countries, European Union institutions, such as the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank.
GIZ operates in many fields: economic development and employment promotion; governance and democracy; security, reconstruction, peacebuilding and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; and environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation.
In cooperation with ECREEE, GIZ is currently implementing the “Improving the Governance of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sector in West Africa” project, which is being financed by the German Cooperation and the European Union. The main objective of the project is to contribute to the fight against poverty through a reinforced regional integration in the energy sector in West Africa that ensures the populations of the ECOWAS region and Mauritania sustainable access to electricity services at lower costs.
Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)
The Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) supports countries in Africa, Asia, South Eastern and Eastern Europe as well as the Caribbean in their sustainable development. The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (MFA) plans ADC strategies. Austrian Development Cooperation aims at reducing poverty, conserving natural resources and promoting peace and human security in partner countries. Long-term programmes and projects support help towards self-help. The ultimate goal is to bring about a sustainable improvement in conditions of life. The Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) supported the establishment of ECREEE since its beginning with the creation of a Secretariat in Cape Verde and a network of National Focal Institutions in all 15 ECOWAS member states. ADC continues to support ECREEE with core funding towards the implementation of its Strategic Plan 2017-2021 and technical assistance to ECREEE secretariat in Cabo Verde.
Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)
The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) is the main management body for Spanish cooperation, which combats poverty and works for sustainable human development. Together with its partners, the Agency works in over 30 countries through its network of Technical Cooperation Offices, cultural centres and training centres. Since 2010 AECID has supported ECREEE by providing core funding, and through the provision of Technical Assistance to ECREEE.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA is the lead intergovernmental agency for the energy transformation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. With 161 Members (160 States and the European Union) and 22 additional countries in the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
UNIDO is the United Nations’ specialized agency with the mandate to promote industrial development in the world’s developing and least developed nations. UNIDO is one of the leading agencies in the field of energy access, renewable energy and industrial energy efficiency. As a response to the post-2015 challenges, UNIDO is promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) to harness the full potential of industry’s contribution to the achievement of sustainable development, and lasting prosperity for all. On 2 December 2013 the UNIDO Member States adopted the Lima Declaration which gives ISID a crucial role in the long-term development agenda beyond 2015. UNIDO’s services include the execution of demonstration projects, policy support, and capacity-building in the form of local training, workshops and targeted publications. UNIDO coordinates the energy component of the GEF Strategic Programme for West Africa (SPWA) – Energy Access. UNIDO has provided technical assistance for the establishment and operation of the Regional Centre for Small Hydropower, based in Abuja, Nigeria and for the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). UNIDO currently provides support to the establishment of new Regional Sustainable Energy Centres in the Caribbean, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Southern and Eastern Africa. The regional centres respond to the urgent need for enforced south-south cooperation and regional capacities to promote inclusive and sustainable energy industries and markets in developing and emerging countries in the post-2015 era. These centres will participate in the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC). They also fulfill an important role in the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Initiative.