Strengthening the capacities of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) to maintain high quality service delivery throughout the second operational phase, supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation with EUR 2 mio. and technical assistance, and to consolidate its recognition as the regional hub for the coordination of the Strategic Programme for West Africa of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-SPWA) and Sustainable Energy For All issues and activities. This will allow ECREEE to contribute effectively to improved energy security, energy access and climate change mitigation by establishing an enabling environment for regional renewable energy and energy efficiency markets and investments.
The external evaluation of the first phase of ECREEE has confirmed its high relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact. UNIDO successfully guided ECREEE through the preparatory phase and the first three years of the operational phase. The centre is financially solid for the next years and is implementing a pipeline of flag-ship programs and projects. It has also been successfully placed as the institutional coordinative mechanism of the GEF-SPWA.
However, the external evaluation identified also increasing capacity constraints of the ECREEE Secretariat and its 15 National Focal Institutions (NFI). The current situation is characterized by a rapidly growing project portfolio and expanding external demands on the one hand as well as limited institutional planning and execution capacities on the other hand. The project will assist the centre to develop and implement the management response to the recommendations of the external evaluation. It will be directed to adapt the existing structures, proceedings and capacities to the new requirements. Moreover, UNIDO will assist ECREEE to position itself as the regional hub and think tank for sustainable energy issues, projects and activities.