Call for projects: energy poverty in developing countries

rural-electrification

20th June 2013:

For each MWh of EKOenergy sold, 10 eurocents go the EKOenergy Climate Fund. That money will be used to invest in climate projects that would not have happened without the contributions. We have just launched a ‘Call for projects’, searching for small scale energy poverty projects in developing countries. Deadline for submission is 15th September 2013.

Contact: EKOenergy, Steven Vanholme, infosmall ekoenergy symbolekoenergy.org

Background

EKOenergy is a recently launched network of European NGOs willing to promote the use of renewable electricity. The network manages the EKOenergy label. For each MWh of electricity sold as EKOenergy, 10 cents go to the EKOenergy Climate Fund.

We want to use the money of the EKOenergy Climate Fund to finance renewable electricity projects in developing countries and we are currently looking for suitable projects to be financed between the autumn of 2013 and the autumn of 2014.

Our evaluation criteria

  • Experience, solvency and reliability of the organization (20%)
  • Quality and efficiency of the project (20%): effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, impact and visibility, ownership, gender
  • Long term viability, sustainability and replicability of the project (20%)
  • Contacts with local stakeholders, solid local counterpart (20%)
  • Complementary goals with EKOenergy (20%): Share the goals of the coalition and specialize in promotion of renewable energy.

Send us your project

To submit a project proposal, please e-mail the following information to infosmall ekoenergy symbolekoenergy.org:

1. About yourself

Following elements are important for us:

  • Location: preferably a European organization or an organization with active communication (and network) in Europe.
  • Communication: preferably an organization with a good website in several languages (and at least in English)
  • Experience: preferably having five years of experience with energy projects in developing countries
  • Preferably experience with projects that are being co-financed by the EU or by national authorities (accredited NGO or demonstrable experience)
  • Having a transparent and audited bookkeeping
  • Preferably having experience with fundraising
  • Preferably offering opportunities for a long time collaboration with EKOenergy

2. About the project(s)

  • What renewable electricity projects would your organization be able to set up with 10.000, 50.000, 100.000, 200.000 euro?
  • What is the installed capacity for each of these amounts, and what will be the yearly production.

Please briefly refer to the following aspects

  • Relevance of the project to Millennium Development Goals
  • Ownership of the project and impact on local community
  • Project long term sustainability and proposed auditing process
  • Environmental integration and environmental sustainability of project
  • Innovative technical, social and economic aspects of project
  • How will the project be followed up after the installation?

If possible, illustrate with concrete examples of earlier or similar projects.

3. Reporting

Minimal requirement: reporting in line with logical framework approach. The exact procedure will depend on the granted amount, and will be specified in the contract between EKOenergy and the selected organization(s).

Other information and guidelines

  • Information you send us will be shared with evaluators and with the members of the network (24 NGOs of different European countries)
  • Try to limit the proposal itself to 3-5 pages, annexes are allowed. Please combine all documents into a single pdf.
  • If you mail us, and you don’t get a confirmation mail within 48 hours, please resend your mail.
  • Feel free to refer to specific pages on your website.
  • Please indicate clearly whom we should contact if we need additional information.