Technical Support for the Second Operational Phase of the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Contract partner: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization Country: Ostafrika, regional/multi-country Funding amount: € 801.535,00 Project start: 01.01.2023 End: 31.12.2027

Short Description:

Overall goal

Increased access to modern, affordable and reliable energy services, energy security and mitigation of negative externalities of the energy system by creating an enabling environment for a regional East African Community (EAC) market for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) products and services.

Expected results

1: Improved institutional capacities of EACREEE to provide high-quality services to EAC partner states on an international level

2: Improved policy, legal and incentive frameworks to promote RE&EE, and their implementation facilitated

3: Priority strategic initiatives to up-scale the deployment of RE&EE developed and under implementation

4: Improved equality in energy access, energy business ownership and energy workforce

5: Enhanced collaboration, partnership and resource mobilization

Target group / Beneficiaries

The main direct beneficiaries of EACREEE services are primarily RE&EE market players and enablers in the EAC region, including policy makers, private sector stakeholders (entrepreneurs, manufacturers, project developers, financing institutions), national institutions, regulators, power producers, generating companies, utilities and grid operators. Accordingly, the people living in the EAC region will benefit from increased access to modern RE&EE technology systems and services. A total of 1,325 people will be directly reached through these activities. In addition, three large refugee camps will benefit from improved access to sustainable energy.


- Strengthen EACREEE's internal rules and procedures in line with international standards

- Recruit technical and administrative staff

- Strengthen institutional oversight by the Board of Directors and regional ownership of EACREEE

- Establish and implement the long-term and short-term planning, implementation and monitoring framework of the centre

- Transform EACREEE into an EAC institution or upgrade the EACREEE status within the EAC or host country framework

- Approval of a harmonized regional RE&EE policy and facilitation of its implementation in all EAC partner states

- Develop regional technical RE&EE roadmaps and strategies for specific areas and facilitate their implementation

- Develop harmonized regional EE standards and facilitate their implementation on a national level

- Promote market development for clean and sustainable cooking and heating solutions

- Promote improvements in energy efficiency in the built environment

- Promote capacity building and investment in electrification via clean energy mini-grids and stand-alone solutions

- Promote utility-scale and distributed grid-connected RE

- Act as lighthouse for innovative technologies and solutions

- Strengthen an online RE&EE information management system addressing the needs of investors, local industry and business

- Enhancing women and youth entrepreneurship and employment in sustainable energy businesses within the East African region

- Promoting access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy services in situations of displacement

- Collaborate with other organizations to co-host RE&EE workshops/conferences/meetings in the EAC region

- Collaborate and/or enter into partnership arrangements with other institutions


EACREEE is part of the expanding Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC) Programme, coordinated by UNIDO in partnership with various regional economic communities. The network constitutes a global platform for knowledge exchange and provides a "maker space" for South-South collaboration on common issues and solutions between the different centres and regions.

project number 2701-00/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Energiegewinnung, -Verteilung und -Effizienz, allgemein
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 2, Gender: 1, Democracy: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.