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The press release at the official launch of the program reads that Energising Development (EnDev) launched a new programming cycle at the beginning of 2019. Based on the outcome of that programming cycle, EnDev Ethiopia, together with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia, started the implementation of phase III from July 2019 to run until December 2022 with additional 9.4 million EUR.

The new phase will focus on the policy support and development of financial systems. The support will be directed towards developing and growing the market for modern renewable energy technologies and services as well as energy efficiency solutions in Ethiopia.

The press release highlights the detail program as follows.

EnDev Ethiopia adds value to the Ethiopian energy sector, especially through the development of local capacities in the energy market. The programme supports the initiation and growth of pathways to universal access, while measuring its direct results as an indicator for success. By the mid of 2019, EnDev Ethiopia sustainably reached 4.5 million people with its renewable energy projects.

EnDev additionally facilitated sustainable access to modern energy services for:

  • 1,000 social institutions gained access to modern energy service through electricity and improved cooking solutions.
  • 2,900 small and medium enterprises now have access to modern forms of energy for productive use.

The lead political partner of the EnDev phase III programme is the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE). Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) is a lead partner especially on clean cooking and climate change issues. Other national partners of EnDev Ethiopia include Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education (MoE) as well as Regional Energy Bureaus. Moreover, the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) Ethiopia will be one of the implementing partners for the new phase on the clean cooking activities. 

Complementing the work EnDev has done in Ethiopia, the German government has commissioned a new project – Energy Solutions for Displacement Settings (ESDS) project. The project is part of the “Support in the Implementation of the United Nations Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), aims to address the lack of a sustainable energy supply in refugee camps and settlements through global advisory services and the implementation of technical measures in displacement settings in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.  

The main activities of the ESDS Ethiopia project are:

  1. Improving the policy framework
  2. Greening infrastructure in displacement settings

The ESDS Ethiopia project will be implemented in the Gambella region in some selected refugee camps in partnership with the Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) at a national level and with UNHCR at a global level. On behalf of the German Development Cooperation, GIZ is currently implementing projects in specific displacement settings by providing advisory services to UNHCR and by supporting in the creation of knowledge on the operationalization of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). GCR represents the political will and ambition of the international community to strengthen cooperation and solidarity with refugees and affected host communities and countries. 

Official launch ceremony

The launching event was attended by a high-level participation from:

  • E. Frehiwot Woldehanna (PhD), State Minister, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy
  • E. Matthias Schauer, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy
  • Alexander Haack, Team Leader, EnDev Global, German


About Energy Solutions for Displacement Settings (ESDS)

The global project “Support in the Implementation of the United Nations Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework” (CRRF) has been commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The project is strengthening the collaboration of humanitarian aid, development, and peace-building actors in displacement settings. Energy Solutions for Displacement Settings (ESDS) is one of the project’s components. In line with the CRRF, the component seeks to improve sustainable energy access through market-based approaches in refugee hosting areas of Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. In Ethiopia, ESDS’ activities focus on the Gambella region. Three intervention areas will be addressed during the project lifetime:


Source: EnDev Ethiopia/ Press release

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