Energising Development - EnDev

Published on:
13 May 2015
Last checked on:
1 February 2023

Energising Development (EnDev) delivers permanent access to modern energy technologies and services. The programme focuses on households, social institutes, and small to medium-sized enterprises in developing countries. EnDev's projects take place in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Energising change

Around 4 billion people do not have access to electricity or modern cooking technologies. This has a serious impact on quality of life, income opportunities, the environment, health, and education. EnDev’s involvement focuses on access to modern, renewable energy. This helps strengthen socio-economic development and combat climate change.

What does EnDev do?

EnDev supports market development for modern energy facilities, especially in rural areas. For example, renewable energy for cooking, lighting and charging mobile phones. Part of the programme involves the training and coaching of manufacturers and retailers. They learn about cleaner cooking solutions and small solar energy systems. The programme also supports the construction of electricity connections via mini-grids. EnDev also stimulates the production of biogas for household purposes.


The EnDev programme focuses on supply and demand. On the demand side, the programme creates awareness and supports the introduction of new business models such as PAYGO, consumer loans and so on. On the supply side, projects provide the quality and availability of these energy products. The EnDev programme has no subsidy component. It publishes specific calls for proposals in the form of result-based financing.

EnDev results

EnDev aims to achieve sustainable access to modern energy for 36 million people by 2025. By the end of 2022, EnDev had facilitated access to modern energy services and technologies for:

  • 28.7 million people,
  • 31,500 social infrastructures, including schools and health centres, and
  • 89,800 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

On our Development Cooperation Projects database, you can find an overview of EnDev projects that we carry out in development cooperation.

EnDev in practice

Introducing electric pressure cookers in Kakuma

Most of the 258,000 people living in and around refugee settlement Kakuma Kenya still use traditional cooking methods. These have a negative impact on health, gender equality and the environment. With access to electricity in the settlement through a solar-powered mini-grid system, EnDev saw the opportunity to introduce electric pressure cookers (EPCs) as an alternative to biomass cooking.

Linking EnDev Partners

EnDev is a strategic partnership of dedicated donors, partners and individuals. All work together to support social development and economic growth. Together, they provide access to modern, renewable energy in more than 20 countries. The partnership is the driving force behind EnDev's success. Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland work together. They aim to speed up energy access and socio-economic development.
The German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency coordinate the programme. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency does this on behalf of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Learn more about EnDev

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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