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On Tuesday, the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) announced that they are seeking high-quality applications for projects in the two regions.

Increasing access to sustainable power resources

The project objectives are to alleviate and reduce the effects of poverty by actively promoting an inclusive and job-creating green economy, which can be facilitated through improving energy security while mitigating global climate change.

[quote]EEP supports projects in Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (lead donor), jointly funds the programme together with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) while the EEP Coordination Office (ECO) is hosted by KPMG.

Two funding windows launched

EEP Southern and East Africa have opened two funding windows for Early Stage (CfP12) and Market Ready (CfP13) projects, which are currently open for submission of first proposals.

The partnership has stressed in a statement that specific attention needs to be given to the following cross cutting characteristics; gender, poverty reduction, innovation and difficult markets.

For the projects selected through CfP12 and CfP13, the project implementation period starting in August 2016 is limited to 15 months.

CfP12 – Early Stage projects

The projects supported in CfP12 can be ‘last-mile’ feasibility studies, pilot or demonstration projects. The scope of this Call for Proposals (CfPs) is limited to projects that deal with the development phase of renewable energy and energy saving/energy efficiency projects.

CfP 13 – Market ready projects

The projects supported in CfFP13 are scale-up to commercial operation, replication of commercially proven concepts to new markets (nationally or internationally) and rejuvenation of existing renewable energy and energy efficiency generation projects, EEP S&EA explained in a statement.

It is under this term that project finance is to be offered to those projects which display strong potential for boosting other commercial sources of finance for project implementation, replication and/or scaling up.

Deadline for the submissions is April 25, 2016

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