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Energising Development - EnDev

EnDev gives households, social institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries permanent access to modern energy technologies and energy services. The projects take place in 25 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Worldwide, 2.9 billion people still cook with traditional methods. This has disastrous consequences for the climate, and for the development and health of especially women and girls. Also, more than 1.2 billion people do not have access to any kind of electricity. They are dependent on polluting and often expensive resources.

What does EnDev do?

EnDev supports the development of markets for modern energy facilities, especially in rural areas. For example, the development of renewable energy to cook, for lighting and mobile phones.

Part of the EnDev programme is the training and coaching of manufacturers and retailers of for example energy-efficient cookers and small solar energy systems. The programme also supports the construction of electricity connections via minigrids and better network coverage. And EnDev stimulates the production of biogas for household purposes.


The EnDev programme focuses on supply and demand. On the demand side, financial products can be developed that allow poor households to buy energy products. On the supply side, projects concern 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 (RBF). The calls can be found on


EnDev works with governments, NGOs and the private sector in 25 partner countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The programme surpassed its original goals, and by December 2017, more than 19.2 million people gained access to either electricity and lighting devices or improved cooking technology.

Since 2005, the programme has reached more than 21,900 social institutions and 41,300 enterprises have benefitted from access to modern energy services. Moreover, about 40,500 technicians, stove producers, and sales agents have been trained. For further details please take a look at EnDev's Monitoring.


EnDev is a partnership between the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The programme is coordinated by the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency does this on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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