Programme Objectives

The overall purpose of this programme is to contribute to strengthening the conditions for investments in renew- able energy to provide modern and sustainable energy systems, including all forms of renewable energy such as solar, wind, hydro, bio (including waste-to-energy) and geothermal energy. In turn this is expected to lead to poverty reduction through increased access to affordable, reliable renewable energy and access to electricity for people living in poverty.

The Capacity Development Programme on Renewable Energy aims at creating increased knowledge and capacity of selected organisations and participants about how different energy systems solutions based on renewable energy can be developed at different levels in society, from local communities without network connections to larger plants at national macro level. The participants will share knowledge and networks and work together in Country Teams to develop and implement a common Change Project that will support change processes within the participants own organisations and areas of activity.

Results chain

Impact goal: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services, especially renewable, and thus increased access to electricity for people living in poverty. Achieved by strengthening the conditions for increased investment in renewable energy to provide modern renewable energy services.

Outcome goal: Strategically important organisations and other actors help to initiate, support, strengthen and develop institutions that affect national policies, regulatory frameworks, that strengthen the conditions and incentives for investments in renewable energy technologies and develop sustainable energy systems by providing energy infrastructure with consideration of the rights, needs and demand of people living in poverty.

Output goal: Participants have, after completion of the programme, increased knowledge, tools and contact areas to drive effec- tive change processes within their respective organisations and institutions.

Target group

The programme is mainly targeted towards organisations; not individuals and is focused on establishing long-term relationships with key organisations within the field of renewable energy in the respective countries.

Invited countries are: Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Targeted organisations are ministries/departments, agencies/ utilities, regulators, regional actors, CSO’s and national public and/or private financial actors. The organisations should be willing to commit themselves to participation over several years and to cooperate with other organisa- tions in the programme. 

 The target group consists of: 

  • Mid-level or high-level managers actively working to strengthen the conditions for investments in renewable energy and sustainable energy solutions;
  • Key persons who are decision makers and normative for the profession in their respective countries or are deemed to have the potential to influence or take a decision-making position;
  • Participants who have good language skills in English and relevant academic degree related to the programme content or have acquired relevant knowledge in other ways.

For the second training Programme batch priority will be given to participants from the same organisations that were represented in the first batch, alternatively to any strategic partner identified by the organisations as needed in order to successfully implement the Change Projects. In some cases the Change Projects in the second training Programme batch will build upon the Change Projects from the first batch.

Programme Structure 

The Capacity Development Programme consists of two batches of 1, 5 year long training programmes with 30 participants each. Each training programme will consist of the following 8 phases: 

Phase 1: Initial Phase

The focus during this phase will be on forming the Country Teams and specifying the common area of Challenge to be used for the Change Projects. Through LIFE’s online platform “LIFE Network” the participants are introduced to each other and to subject related topics and crosscutting issues. This makes sure that the partici- pants will have a common frame of reference and equal level of knowledge before they meet at the first Regional Workshop. The participants will also be contacted by their mentors to create good working relations.

Phase 2:  Regional Workshop (1, 5 weeks)

This phase will be arranged in one of the countries in the region. The participants will receive support in identify- ing and developing a common Change Project from the defined Challenges. An intense schedule of group work, lectures, study visits and hands-on-activities will take place.

Phase 3: Stakeholders Workshops (1-2 days) and Project Work

The Stakeholders Workshops are expected to be arranged by the different Country Teams simultaneously in the par- ticipating countries and shall focus on clarification of the context of the projects as well as anchoring the projects with relevant stakeholders. For this purpose managers and supporting staff in the organisations will be encouraged to join the Workshops. Extensive mentoring is available throughout this phase.

Phase 4: Sweden Phase (3 weeks)

The Sweden Phase focuses on following up on the Change Projects and developing Project Plans for implementation throughout the rest of the training pro- gramme. Another focus is strengthening networks between the participants and their organisations with experts and relevant organisations in Sweden. The aim is also to pro- vide the participants with good examples concerning the three main areas; policies, technology, and financing.

Phase 5: Stakeholders Workshops (1-2 days) and Project Work

During this phase focus will be on implementing the Change Project according to the Project Plans. Stakeholders Workshops will again be arranged by the participants to create awareness and engage relevant stakeholders. Extensive mentoring is available throughout this phase.

Phase 6: Regional Phase (1 week)

This phase will be arranged in one of the participating countries. There will be seminars and discussions on the main subjects; renewable energy, financing and policies as well as cross-cutting issues and project management. Lessons learned from the previous phases will be an important issue for discussions. Project results so far will be presented and discussed, and mentors will guide the participants to corrective actions when needed.

Phase 7: Stakeholders Workshops (1-2 days) and Project Work

Project work will continue according to the Project Plans (with necessary corrections implemented). In some cases the project objective will have been achieved, and then the focus will be on following up the potential outcome. Again, Stakeholders Workshops will be arranged by the participants in collaboration with the mentors. As in pre- vious Workshops the organisation and other stakeholders should be involved.

Phase 8: Way Forward (3-5 days)

The purpose of Way Forward is to safeguard a contin- uation of the project work initiated during the training programme. This phase will also be arranged in one of the participating countries. By the end of the phase the participants present the results from the Change Projects, and discuss further actions. Lessons learned will be highlighted.

How to apply

The application must be submitted before the closing date for applications by using the application form here. Applications that are not complete and not signed by the nominating organisation will not be considered. A copy of the signed application together with a recent photo shall also be submitted by email to to be sure the application reaches LIFE Academy.

The initial selection starts after the closing date for appli- cations. Interviews might be conducted if complementary information is needed. The final selection is expected to be made a couple of weeks after the closing date for application. Once selection has been made and commit- ment contracts from the nominating organisations have been signed additional information about the programme will be sent out and the participants will be invited to the on-line platform LIFE Network. The first regional phase is expected to take place 3 months after the final selection has been made and the Swedish phase about 6 month after.