Development cooperation ,17.12.2012

World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme ESMAP


Established in 1983, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a global, multidonor technical assistance trust fund administered by the World Bank and cosponsored by 12 official bilateral donors. Its mission is to assist low- and middle-income countries to increase know-how and institutional capacity to achieve environmentally sustainable energy solutions for poverty reduction and economic growth. Starting in Fiscal Year 2009, ESMAP transitioned to a five-year strategic business plan cycle that facilitates longer-term strategic partnerships. This plan is underpinned by three-year rolling plans formulated in consultation with the regional energy units of the World Bank. The current business plan for years 2008-13 focuses on four major themes, namely: Energy Assessments and Strategy Program (EASP), Energy Access (EA), Energy Efficiency (EE), and Clean Energy (CE). ESMAP is governed by a Consultative Group (CG) made up of representatives from contributing donors and chaired by the Director of the Sustainable Energy Department of the World Bank, on behalf of the Vice President of the Sustainable Development Network. The CG meets annually to review the strategic directions of ESMAP, its achievements, and its use of resources and funding requirements. A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of international experts provides independent opinions to the CG about the purpose, strategic direction, and priorities of ESMAP. ESMAP has developed a portfolio monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to assess the effectiveness of its activities in enabling client countries to achieve energy security, address energy poverty, and mitigate and adapt to climate change through ESMAP’s impact with its upstream activities on World Bank lending operations, government policies, country capacities, and development community’s interventions in the energy sector.

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Funding decision  17.12.2012

600 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Aid to environment
  • Climate change - mitigation
  • Climate change - adaptation

Field of activity

  • Energy policy and administrative management 100%

Funding channel




Code for the object of funding