ENERGIA invites proposals from its national focal points and other organisations for implementing “Women Economic Empowerment and Energy Access” projects under its Phase 5 programme.
In line with its commitment to the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), the ENERGIA Phase 5 programme aims to contribute to women’s economic empowerment by scaling up proven business models that strengthen the capacity of women’s micro and small enterprises to deliver energy products and services to more than 1,000,000 consumers by 2017.
The programme aims to achieve its objective by focusing on the following interrelated intervention strategies:
Intervention 1, targeted at the organisational level, will support an institutional framework that encourages a WEE approach and develops a time-bound action plan for WEE implementation.
Intervention 2, targeted at the programme level, is intended to strengthen the capacity of women MSEs to manage and deliver energy products and services.
Intervention 3, targeted at the stakeholder level, aims to strengthen communication and advocacy on WEE and energy within the SE4ALL initiative.
Four to six programmes using a holistic approach that combines the three intervention strategies will be implemented. The core of the proposed activities should demonstrate results on the ground through intervention two and these should be strengthened through actions under intervention strategies one and three.
ENERGIA Phase 5 will award grants to four to six initiatives for a 3 year period, for varying amounts between Euro 300,000 – Euro 500,000 each. The grant will be limited to 75% of the estimated total costs i.e. at least 25% should be co-financed.
The Request for Proposals is open to legally registered organisations (NGOs, CBOs, Social Enterprises and government agencies) that are using an entrepreneurial approach to scale up energy access and women’s economic empowerment. Applications by consortia with one organisation identified as the Lead Applicant are also acceptable.