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Energising Development

Access to energy for millions of people

The Azeba Health Center in the Ganta Afeshum district of Ethiopia received reliable power from a solar system with the help of EnDev. Since electrification, paraffin or torches have no longer been required during the evening hours. The number of births attended by medical staff rose from five per year to over two hundred.

EnDev (Energising Development) is the largest multi-donor and multi-country energy programme supported under German development cooperation. The BMZ is the lead donor to the programme, and together with the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, Switzerland and Sweden it aims to provide a total of 19 million people with access to modern, climate-friendly and affordable energy by 2019. EnDev is currently active in 25 countries, with an emphasis on the least developed African nations.

In the period up to December 2016, EnDev helped 17.3 million people, 19,400 social institutions (such as health centres and schools) and 38,600 small enterprises across the world to get access to modern energy services. These EnDev programmes have helped avoid the emission of more than 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, and also the emission of other gases and black carbon particles. This is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of all intra-European flights during 12 days, or planting 4.1 million trees.

EnDev is helping to transform partner countries' energy sectors towards the goal of a global energy transition. With the help of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, Germany seeks to help reduce energy poverty and decarbonise the energy sector. EnDev fosters a continuous and sustainable transition towards restructuring and developing the energy sector in Germany's partner countries.

EnDev supports the provision of

  • household energy for lighting and small electronic devices (such as mobile phones) and for cooking, baking and heating purposes;
  • social infrastructure energy (for schools, hospitals and community centres) for lighting and electrical appliances and for stoves and ovens; and
  • energy for small and medium-sized enterprises to increase productivity and facilitate the processing of goods, and to improve services in agriculture and skilled and small trades.

Through its activities, EnDev not only seeks to provide people with modern and sustainable energy. Its goals go beyond that. Access to energy and the efficient use of energy are crucial for the achievement of more far-reaching impacts. The programme focuses particularly on improving social services and fostering the productive use of energy, which opens up opportunities for the creation of new jobs and additional income. For example, tradespersons now use electrical machinery such as welding machines; shop owners extend their opening hours and offer cooled products; and small farmers process their harvest themselves in order to get a better price in the market for value-added products.

Efficient cooking stoves

Two men in Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso, building an energy-saving stove

Worldwide, more than a billion people have no access to electricity; three billion people depend on firewood, charcoal and plant residues for their cooking and heating.

EnDev seeks to expand the use of renewable energy in rural areas and the upscaling of efficient and climate-friendly energy technology. For example, resource use is reduced thanks to the promotion of improved cooking stoves. Efficient stoves also contribute to forest conservation, as they reduce demand for firewood. Simultaneously, emissions of black carbon and other climate pollutants go down, which is a significant contribution towards better health, especially for women.


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