SEforALL Institutions


The SEforALL Global Facilitation Team coordinates the implementation of the SEforALL Initiative at the global level and acts as the link between public and private partners, the UN and the World Bank that co-chair the Initiative. The Global Facilitation team is leaded by the CEO of the Initiative and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Rachel Kyte.  

International Renewable Energy Agency

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) acts as the Renewable Energy Hub for the SEforALL Initiative. IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation with 145 members states and 30 in accession, that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. IRENA and the Africa Hub collaborates on SEforALL country actions and on the promotion of renewable energies in Africa. 

The World Bank

The World Bank, through the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) acts as the Global Knowledge Hub for the SEforALL Initiative. The world Bank supports the SEforALL in many ways, notably with the the development of the : the Global Tracking Framework (GTF) for monitoring the advancements towards the SEforALL goals, for the development of the Multi-tier Definition and Measurement of Energy Access that overcomes the limitation of the binary measures actually in use; with the development Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE) that provide indicators that compare the investment climate of countries across the three focus areas of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Initiative; and with the global State of the Energy Access Report (SEAR) that complements the GTF and provide a comprehensive and detailed review of the current status and emerging trends in energy access. The SEforALL Africa Hub collaborates with the World Bank particularly on implementing the GTF and the multi-tier framework at the country level, and contributing to the SEAR.  

Development Partners

The European Union

The European Union is a major supporter of the energy sector and of the SEforALL Initiative, through many different initiatives and programs, including the EU Technical Assistance Facility (EU-TAF) to assist partner countries in tuning their energy policies and regulatory frameworks to allow for increased investments in the energy sector; the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) that involve activities in the areas of energy policy and strategy development; capacity building and private sector cooperation at a national and regional level and the upcoming Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFi). AfDB and the Hub have a close collaboration with the EU institutions on the above mentioned initiatives, and cooperate on their implementation in Africa.


France encourages the mobilization of private funding alongside traditional aid, innovative mechanisms such as the European Union's energy facility, and finally global coordination around the Sustainable Energy For All Initiative (SEforALL), launched by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon in 2012. France is the second European contributor to SEforALL. Expertise France is the French agency for international technical cooperation that through MAEDI financing, is seconding a French expert supporting the work of the SEforALL Africa hub.

The United States

The United States are greatly involved in the global effort to achieve the SEforALL objectives, particularly in Africa. The Power Africa Initiative employs a transaction-centered approach to directly address the constraints to project development and investment in sub-Saharan Africa’s energy sector, while simultaneously driving policy reform. it includes the sub-initiative Beyond the Grid,  focused on investment and growth for off-grid and small-scale energy solutions across sub-Saharan Africa. The Department of State, Bureau of Energy Resources is contributing to the SEforALL Initiative with, inter alia, direct support to the country action processes. The Africa Hub collaborates with US institutions at the country and regional levels. 

SEforALL thematic Hubs

Copenaghen Centre on Energy Efficiency

The Copenaghen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) acts as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the SEforALL Initiative. It is a partnership between the Danish Government, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Active since 2013, it is part of the UNEP Risø Centre, with over 20 years of leading international research and advisory work on climate, energy and sustainable development. It collaborates with the SEforALL Africa Hub on implementing energy efficiency programmes and advisory in Africa. 

Regional Partners

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Since 2010 the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has supported the ECOWAS region to progress towards a greater implementation of clean and efficient energy, as well as energy access, through policy and capacity development, knowledge management and awareness, investment and business promotion and through specific projects and programmes. ECREEE has been promoting an integrated approach to the development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action Plans and SEforALL Action Agendas, and it is coordinating their adoption in the whole region. The Africa Hub has a close relationship with ECREEE to support the Country Action processes in the region and to follow-up with implementation activities. 

Non Profit

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, hosted by the UN Foundation, is a public-private partnership launched in 2010. The Alliance is a major partner of the SEforALL Initiative and it is at the forefront of the efforts to promote the adoption of clean cooking solutions and spur universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels.  The Africa Hub collaborates with the Alliance in supporting Afican countries in their effort of achieving universal access to clean and safe domestic energies. 

Practical Action

Practical Action is  an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. Practical action has more than 30 years of experience in the sector and has been partnering with SEforALL to make sure that the civil society voices are well represented. The Africa Hub and Practical Action collaborate on assuring that the country action processes match high quality standards. 

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