Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

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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.

    Location: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rawanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
    Region: Europe-Africa
    Market Sector: Energy & Power
    Client: European Commission
    Status: Ongoing

    Worldwide, over 1.3 billion people are without access to electricity and 2.6 billion people are without clean cooking facilities. They use inefficient means to burn wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste to cook their meals and heat their homes, exposing themselves and their families to smoke and fumes that damage their health and kill nearly 2 million people a year.

    In Sub-Saharan Africa around 70% of the population doesn’t have access to energy, and in some countries the figure exceeds 95%. Without access to modern and sustainable energy services, achieving the Millennium Development Goals is unrealistic, as is the promotion of economic development and protection of the Earth’s climate and ecosystems.

    To address and get attention for these challenges, the UN – supported by the European Union – launched SE4All in 2011, a global initiative with three objectives to be achieved by 2030, to maximize development and help stabilize climate change:

    1. Ensure universal access to modern energy services
    2. Double the rate of improvement in energy efficiencyD
    3. Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix


    For more information on the initiative, visit the SE4ALL website

    Within the project, the consortium led by MWH is responsible for 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.

    The purpose of the contract is to deliver high level technical assistance at country and regional level (Central and Western Africa) through expert missions to be mobilized at short notice and to support committed countries to reach the SE4All objectives. Examples of areas of support include:

    • Initial stocktaking and establishing national energy sector policies (including access, supplies, efficiency and reforms)
    • Capacity building in policy and regulatory framework
    • Technical support in programming and preparation of projects
    • Mobilization of funds and facilitation of partnership, (with particular emphasis on the private sector)
    • Industrial and technology cooperation

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