DFID (Department for International Development Department for International Development) announced at CSD15 a new programme partnership agreement with GVEP International (Global Village Energy Partnership) to provide up to £4m over four years to cover GVEP International’s institutional costs over the period 2007-2011. This funding will allow GVEP International to implement its new business plan, focusing on providing energy access funds, technical support and capacity building to SMEs in developing countries

At the CSD 15 Side-Event chaired by DFID, Sarah Adams, Acting CEO of GVEP International, highlighted that in 2006, the GVEP Partnership Board founded GVEP International, a UK based charity with a new Board of Trustees and a new business plan focusing on providing access to finance, technical support and capacity building to energy SMEs in developing countries to help develop and build sustainable energy supply chains.

DFID’s Peter Davies announced a 4 million pound programme to build GVEP International’s institutional capacity to maximize resources provided by other donors, who include USAID, UNDP and the Dutch, Swedish and Russian Governments.

As the UNDP was one of the founding members of GVEP, Olav Kjørven, highlighted UNDP’s support of GVEP energy projects to provide modern energy services to meet the MDGs in East Africa, and looked forward to continued collaboration within the Partnership.

Russia’s US $30 million contribution to GVEP International from 2007-2010 to scale up its work on addressing energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa was highlighted by Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN.  Jamal Saghir, World Bank, said that the Russian Government’s large contribution would help the organization to scale up their activities. He challenged GVEP to play a fundamental role in helping the private sector to deliver off-grid energy and leverage pre-investment support for SMEs.

Public-private partnerships were highlighted as an important tool to help developing countries meet development goals by Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State, US State Department

Jacqueline Coté, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), noted her belief that support to SMEs is critical for building sustainable supply chains. She said that WBCSD is therefore looking at ways to link its associated
companies with local energy projects and will be working with GVEP International through WBCSD’s regional network.

Participants discussed the need for adapting technologies to the local situation, providing affordable off-grid energy access that can generate income in Africa, and supporting institutional capacity.

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