Enabling access to climate-friendly energy supply

Programme description

Title: Energising Development (EnDev)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: 

  • Members of the multi-donor partnership: The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS), The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 
  • Cofinancing partners (including former ones): Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the European Union, Icelandic International Development Agency, IKEA Foundation, Irish Aid, Korea Foundation for International Healthcare, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and the United States Agency for International Development

Country: Africa: Benin, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia (with Sierra Leone and Guinea), Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda; Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia (with Lao PDR), Nepal; Latin America: Bolivia
Lead executing agency: Partner countries' ministries of energy and other responsible ministries​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2015 to 2025

EnDev combats energy poverty with a market-oriented approach that puts the focus on consumers. Photo: GIZ


Worldwide, 759 million people live without electricity and 2.6 billion people have no access to clean cooking technologies. This has a dramatic impact on social and economic development, health, education and the climate. So long as a large part of the global population has no access to climate-friendly energy supply, the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development remain unreachable.

The Energising Development (EnDev) project is intended to help achieve a long-term improvement in the lives of people who are most at risk of poverty. For example, it strives to create economic opportunities and jobs by building up markets for renewable energy.


By the end of 2025, at least a further 26.6 million people worldwide have access to needs-based, climate-friendly energy supply.

Inefficient and damaging technologies in rural regions are replaced by renewable energy sources. Photo: GIZ


The project focuses on decentralised energy solutions, particularly for rural regions. These solutions provide access to electricity, for example from solar systems and isolated networks. This is supplemented by modern cooking energy. The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions by placing the focus on renewable energy.

The project operates in more than 20 countries worldwide and cooperates with governmental, private sector and civil society stakeholders. It uses various instruments to build up the markets for energy access:

  • It supports the supply side by establishing and enhancing entrepreneurial skills and competencies, distribution structures, business models and support for innovative products.
  • It strengthens the demand for modern energy products and services by raising public awareness of these issues. At the same time, it promotes access to funding for people with little ability to pay.
  • By advising on strategic and regulatory aspects, it contributes to improving the enabling environment. This applies, for example, to the quality standards of decentralised renewable energy solutions.
With projects in more than 20 countries, EnDev supports multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Last revised: December 2021

Additional information

The project associated to the EnDev programme under the EnDev partnership umbrella

GIZ is currently submitting a funding proposal  to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as part of the Energising Development programme for the Project “Promotion of Climate-Friendly Cooking: Kenya and Senegal.” The aim of the project is to accelerate the growth of a sustainable market for affordable, high quality improved cookstoves, so that more households can benefit from easier cooking, consume less firewood and charcoal, and reduce GHG emissions. The project has been submitted to an Environmental and Social Assessment to verify its compliance with the environmental and social policies of the GCF and of GIZ. This Environmental and Social Assessment including the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) is disclosed at the link below for public information 30 days in advance of the date of the decision of the GCF Board.

Promotion of Climate-Friendly Cooking: Kenya and Senegal