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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.
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Energising Development: Access to energy for millions of people

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 22 million people with access to modern, climate-friendly and affordable energy by 2021. EnDev is currently active in 25 countries, with a focus on the least developed African nations.

In the period up to the end of 2018, EnDev helped 21.3 million people, 21,150 social institutions (such as health centres and schools) and 46,500 small enterprises across the world to get access to modern energy services.

These programmes have helped avoid the emission of more than 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, and also the emission of other harmful gases and black carbon particles. This is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of all intra-European flights during 12 days, or planting 5.5 million trees.

EnDev is helping to transform partner countries' energy sectors towards the goal of a global energy transition. Through renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, the programme seeks to help reduce energy poverty and decarbonise the energy sector.

EnDev supports the provision of

  • household energy for lighting and small electronic devices (such as mobile phones) and for cooking, baking and heating purposes;
  • energy for schools, hospitals and community centres (social infrastructure) for lighting and electrical appliances and for stoves and ovens; and
  • energy for small and medium-sized enterprises to enable them to increase productivity, process goods more easily, and offer improved services.

Through its activities, EnDev not only seeks to provide people with modern and sustainable energy. Its idea goes beyond that. Access to energy and the efficient use of energy are crucial for the achievement of far-reaching impacts. This applies, in particular, to improved social services and increased productivity through more sustainable energy. Moreover, opportunities are created for the generation 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 stoves

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.

In rural areas, EnDev not only seeks to expand the use of renewable energy. It also fosters the upscaling of efficient and climate-friendly energy technology, such as efficient stoves. Such cookstoves require less resources. By reducing the demand for firewood, improved stoves thus contribute to forest conservation. Simultaneously, emissions of black carbon and other climate pollutants go down, which is a significant contribution towards better health, especially for women.

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

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