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Note: Application for the programme is now closed.

Programme Objectives

The main objective is to contribute to strengthening the conditions for investments in renewable energy
and energy efficiency, with in-depth technical skills to provide modern and sustainable energy systems.
This includes all forms of renewable energy such as solar, wind, hydro, bio (including waste-to-energy) and geothermal energy. The Renewable Energy Programme is thus expected to contribute to poverty reduction through increased access to affordable and 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 system 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 teams to develop and implement a 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 women and men 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 women and men 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.


The programme is focused on creating institutional capacity by engaging Change Agents and establishing long-term relationships between key organisations within the field of renewable energy in Uganda. The
Change Agents are expected to share knowledge within their respective organisations, engaging managers and colleagues in the Change Projects. 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 active participation and to cooperate with other organisations in the programme.

The organisation should have a certain level of influence in the energy sector and be willing to push for an increase of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Uganda. Applicants need to be nominated by their organisations to be selectable. A signature from the supervisor is required in the application form and once selected a commitment contract between the supervisor, the participant and LIFE Academy will be required. Selected participants are expected to be permitted to allocate working time to take part in the programme and work on implementing their Change Project during the programme period. The Change Project is expected to support ongoing change processes and activities within the scope of the organisation. The programme is also aimed at an even gender and age distribution and hence encourage women and younger professionals to be nominated for participation as well, given that they meet the criteria for selection.

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 or in other ways can contribute to a development towards a more sustainable energy system in Uganda 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;

The delimitation of the target group is based primarily on participants who have a combination of the following:

  • Work for/within an actor/organisation that is strategically important for the programme’s targets;
  • Personal prerequisites to participate in change processes relevant to the area;
  • A role and a mandate in their organisation/institution that provides real opportunities to pursue change work;
  • A position that enables them to participate actively throughout the capacity development programme;

25 participants will be selected to the programme.

Programme Structure and Time Plan

The Uganda Capacity Development Programme is approximately a one year long training programme. The programme will consist of the following 6 phases: 


April 2022

Opening Day Online (1 day)

  • Introduction of training concept and methods
  • Agenda 2030

Online Webinar (1 day)

  • Ugandas energy context, situation and goals
  • Identification of challenges and focus areas

Online Webinar (1-2 days)

  • Project Management
  • Change Management


May 16-20, 2022

  • Developing understanding of the national and regional energy system
  • Grid intergration of renewable energy generation of electricity (off-grid, on grid, micro-grid systems)
  • Clean Cooking Strategies
  • Study visits
  • Transmission and distribution of electricity in Uganda focusing on power system control, planning, maintainance and customer awareness
  • Energy management including energy efficency
  • Workshop: Analysis of the energy system in Uganda
  • Developing 4-5 different projects with Action Plans


MAY – AUGUST, 2022

Project Work

  • Project implementation
  • Stakeholder workshops
  • Online mentor support
  • Project Management

Online Webinar (1 day)

  • Selected theme
  • Sharing of experience


August 30 – September 8, 2022

  • Training on renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydro, bio (including waste-to-energy) and geothermal energy
  • Access to research and knowledge about latest development, applicable technologies
  • Cases and experiences from Sweden and other countries
  • Online lectures and workshops with international resource persons
  • Environmental aspects

Study tour to Tanzania (4 days)

  • Study visits; for example cogeneration, mini hydro, isolated solar PV mini grid, grid-connected solar PV system, household biogas digester, small wind turbine, efficient biomass cooking stoves and fuels
  • Case studies
  • Networking
  • Benchmarking on selected project


October – December, 2022

Project Work

  • Project implementation
  • Stakeholder workshops
  • Online mentor support

Online Webinar (1 day)

  • Selected theme
  • Sharing of experience


January, 2023 (2-3 days)

  • Presentations and discussions of Project Reports
  • Conclusions of lessons learned
  • Way Forward after training period

Note: Application for the programme is now closed.