Capacity Development Programme on Renewable Energy

Programme Objectives

The overall purpose of this programme is to contribute to strengthening the conditions for investments in renewable 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 effective 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. 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 organisations 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

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 for the participants and specifying the common area of Challenge. 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 participants will have a common frame of reference and equal level of knowledge before they meet at the first Regional Workshop. 

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 identifying and developing a common Change Project from the defined Problems/Challenges. An intense schedule of group work, lectures, study visits and hands-on-activities will take place.  

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

The National Workshops are expected to be arranged by the different Country Teams simultaneously in the participating 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 programme. Another focus is strengthening networks between the participants and their organisations with experts and relevant organisations in Sweden and also to provide the participants with good examples concerning the three main areas; policies, technology, and financing. 

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

During this phase focus will be on implementing the Change Project according to the Project Plans. National 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, 5 weeks)

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 as needed. 

Phase 7: National 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, National Workshops will be arranged by the participants in collaboration with the mentors. As in previous 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 continuation 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, results achieved 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 on this site. The application has to be submitted online using the 'Application Form' link.

Applications that are not complete and not signed by the nominating organisation will not be considered. A scanned copy of the signed application together with a recent photo shall also be submitted by email to info@life.se to be sure the application reaches LIFE Academy.  

The initial selection starts after the closing date for applications. 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 commitment 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 2 months after the final selection has been made and the Swedish phase about 6 months after.