Finland’s support to Sub-Saharan Africa is varied

Finland plays a role in the handling of cross-border themes through participating in regional development cooperation. In East Africa, Finland supports the promotion of regional trade, regional integration, and mediation. In Southern Africa, Finland focuses on the advancement of science, technology and innovations as well as on climate change mitigation.

Renewable energy and jobs

Finland supports the EEP Programme in Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA). The programme has provided access to renewable energy for over 900,000 households in Southern and Eastern Africa, and over 8,000 jobs have been created. 

The programme is implemented in fifteen African countries and its aim is to enhance energy security. It also seeks to improve energy efficiency, helping to mitigate climate change.

The programme funds various projects relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Funding is provided mainly for projects carried out by private companies but civil society organisations’ projects have been supported, too. The projects to which funding is given are selected through an open call for proposals. In the selection of projects for funding, special attention is paid to the quality of projects and to the opportunity of transferring the lessons learnt in the course of the project to other energy sector projects in the region. 

Finland is the lead donor of the EEP S&EA. The Nordic Development Fund, UK and Austria are other major providers of funding. Phase III of the programme starts in 2018.

More information about projects funded under the programmeLink to another website., including about the achievements that have been attained.

Studies and reports dealing with the EEP ProgrammeLink to another website..

Regional projects under way in 2018, which Finland funded by over EUR million: