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Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Helping to ensure access to modern energy services, improve energy efficiency and increase the share of renewable energy in 26 countries in Africa.

Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development | EuropeAid & EU Delegations in the Partner Countries



Worldwide, over 1.3 billion people are without access to sustainable electricity and 2.6 billion people use inefficient means such as burning wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook their meals and heat their homes, exposing themselves and their families to smoke and fumes that are damaging their health and kill nearly 2 million people a year. In Sub-Saharan Africa around 70% of the population does not have access to energy, in some countries this figure exceeds 95%, without access to modern and sustainable energy services.

Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative
Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Project Scope

SE4All is a global initiative launched by the UN and supported by the European Union, which aims to contribute to an increased universal access to modern energy services, as well as double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. MWH leads a consortium that delivers high level technical assistance at country and regional level, through expert missions aiming to support 26 committed countries in Central and Western Africa in reaching the SE4All objectives and to significantly increase investment in the energy sector.

1.3 billion people worldwide without access to sustainable electricity.

Africa is the only region in the world where the number of people living without electricity is increasing.

2.6 billion people worldwide that rely on traditional biomass and coal for cooking and heating.

 Project Challenge

The areas of support include stocktaking and establishing national energy sector policies (including access, supplies, efficiency and reforms), capacity building in policy and regulatory frameworks and technical support in programming and preparation of projects. Next to these, the project focuses on assisting the countries with the mobilization of funds and the facilitation of partnerships (with particular emphasis on the private sector).


 Project Solution/Results

Within the project, the consortium executing initial assessments of access to electricity and national initiatives in sustainable energy and energy efficiency in each of the countries and, based on the findings, assisting the local governments with the establishment of national energy sector policies, provide them with necessary capacity building and assist them with setting up partnerships with the public and private sector. The consortium also provides technical support in programming and project preparations in the field of rural electrification, renewable energies, energy efficiency and energy savings.


Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

“Our collective efforts on energy access and energy poverty will help to ensure a fairer and more equitable world for all.”

Neven Mimica

European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development

  • People in Sub-Saharan Africa & Developing Asia who don’t have access to modern energy services. 95%
  • …of that, 84% are living in rural areas 84%
  • …in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, 70% don’t have access. 70%
  • …in some Sub-Saharan Africa countries, that figure is even higher. 95%

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