Energising Development (EnDev) – programme for energy access

Programme description

Title: Energising Development (EnDev)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: United States Agency for International Development; European Union (EU)
Country: 21 countries; Africa: Benin, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda; Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Viet Nam; Latin America: Bolivia
Lead executing agency: Energy ministries and other ministries responsible in the project countries such as the ministries of environment, development, agriculture, trade, infrastructure, regional administration and rural development
Overall term: 2005 to 2021



More than one billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity. Almost three billion people are forced to use wood, charcoal and plant residues for cooking and heating. This deprivation has a dramatic impact on the quality of life, environment, health, education and income opportunities of those affected. Without access to sustainable energy, the goals of the United Nations’ ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ cannot be achieved.


By the end of 2021, 22 million people in the partner countries have sustainable access to modern energy.



The Energising Development (EnDev) partnership develops local markets for the provision of renewable energies and more efficient technologies for households, social institutions and companies. EnDev is currently active in 21 partner countries on three continents (Africa, Asia and Latin America).

Six donors support the project. In addition to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the following organisations are involved: the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (DGIS), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
EnDev is aligned with the national energy targets and strategic plans of the partner countries, such as: 

  • Strategic plans for energy, forestry, health, environment and climate,
  • Nationally Determined Contributions to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda in the area of energy (SDG 7),
  • Nationally Determined Contributions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The programme also takes account of activities by national stakeholders from the fields of politics, the general population and the private sector, and makes a contribution to 13 of the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda.

Solutions promoted by EnDev within the country measures include solar systems from micro to medium-sized photovoltaic systems and solar thermal energy, connection to the national grid, small hydropower plants, biogas and energy-efficient cooking stoves. In addition to sustainable energy access and measurable impacts, EnDev focuses on results orientation and competitiveness, and promotes measures that are particularly efficient. Competition within the programme allows funds to be distributed according to performance. Comprehensive monitoring serves as a transparent progress report and as a basis for decisions on fund distribution and strategic planning.

During implementation of the projects in the partner countries, EnDev works closely with the private sector, non-governmental organisations and the scientific community. Among other things, partners support the establishment of the local market, training of local experts and the dissemination of the supported technologies.


By December 2018, more than 21 million people in private households had been provided with access to electricity or improved cooking energy. With the assistance provided by EnDev, around 21,000 social institutions and 46,000 small and medium-sized enterprises also have sustainable access to energy-efficient, sustainable and reliable power supply. The programme has trained more than 40,500 stove producers, craftspeople and traders. The technologies supported by EnDev save more than 2.3 million tonnes of CO2 per year. This is equivalent to planting five billion trees.

Since 2005, EnDev has been carrying out monitoring and impact studies in various country projects. Project achievements are therefore traceable and visible. They include:

  • More time for productive and income-generating work,
  • A better learning environment in educational institutions thanks to lighting and computers, 
  • Higher productivity as a result of a lower workload,
  • Less indoor air pollution and less respiratory disease thanks to better cooking stoves for 6.4 million people, including three million women and children,
  • Fewer accidents involving burns from kerosene lamps,
  • Better medical care following electrification of health centres,
  • Reduction in short-lived greenhouse gases and CO2 emissions, 
  • More than 11,000 new and long-term jobs.

Further information

Information on GCF Funding Proposal

Promotion of Climate-Friendly Cooking: Kenya and Senegal

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.