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Note: Application for the programme is now closed.

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: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, 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 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.

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 participants will have a common frame of reference before they meet at the first Training Session. The participants will also be introduced to all the programme mentors.

Phase 2: The Swedish Phase (3,5 weeks)

May – June 2021

The first Training Session will be held in Sweden in May–June, 2021. The participants will receive support in identifying and developing a common Change Project to work on throughout the programme. The training will consist of group work, lectures, study visits and hands on activities. Another focus is strengthening networks between the participants and their organisations with experts and relevant organisations in Sweden.

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

The Stakeholder 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: Regional Phase (1 week)

December 2021

This phase will be arranged in one of the countries in the region. Focus will be on following up on the Change Projects and implementation of Project Plans created in Sweden. The aim is also to provide the participants with good regional 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. Stakeholder Workshops will again be arranged by the participants to create awareness and engage relevant stakeholders. Extensive mentoring is available throughout this phase.

Phase 6: Digital Workshop (5 days)

Online June 2022

This phase will be arranged as a digital workshop during 1 week. 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, Stakeholder 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)

November 2022

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, and discuss further actions. Lessons learned will be highlighted.

How to apply

Note: Application for the programme is now closed.