In 2004, nearly two billion people did not have access to adequate, affordable and sustainable energy services, which are key in order to make firm progress towards development objectives. Created in June 2005, the ACP–EU Energy Facility aims to promote access to modern energy services for the poor in rural and peri-urban areas, with a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa and renewable energy. In this report, we conclude that the Commission was mostly successful but could have done better in using the ACP–EU Energy Facility to increase access to renewable energy for the poor in East Africa. We make a number of recommendations for selecting projects more rigorously, strengthening their monitoring and increasing their sustainability prospects.
Special Report No 15/2015: ACP–EU Energy Facility support for renewable energy in East Africa