Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative

The Sustainable Energy for All initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society. Launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011, it has three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  • Ensure universal access to modern energy services
  • Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
  • Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

SE4ALL ECREEE - The SEALL Focal Institution in ECOWAS

The ECOWAS Authorities mandated ECREEEE to act as the SE4ALL Focal Point in the West Africa region. Against this background, ECREEE has embarked upon the regional SE4ALL program, which aims to develop, in consultation with Member States, activities that are in alignment with national and regional strategies. The activities will be executed in consultation with the SE4ALL Global Facilitation Team (GFT) in Vienna, the SE4ALL Hubs and all relevant partners. In 2011, a comprehensive stocktaking exercise was carried out by ECREEE and its partners in all ECOWAS countries. The baseline reports served as a basis for the development of the regional RE & EE policies and action plans. The National SE4ALL Action Agendas (AA) and respective investment prospectus (IS) that will be developed at the national level by the ECOWAS countries will outline the actions required to attain the SE4ALL objectives the in West Africa. 

SE4ALL Action Agenda

A Country Action Agenda is intended to demonstrate how the three goals of the SE4ALL can be achieved in a particular country. It addresses the issues and gaps identified in the respective Rapid Assessment/Gap Analysis by outlining and prioritizing various courses of action. Moreover, it clarifies the role of energy services in various sectors and how efforts in the area of energy access, energy efficiency, and renewable energy sources can support the attainment of national development goals. Given the role of access to energy as enabler for water security, public health, education, income generation, empowerment of women, good governance and sustainable development, such transparent and cross-sectoral planning must be enabled through inter-ministerial consultations.

SE4ALL Investment Prospectus

Based on the SE4ALL Action Agenda, one or more Investment Prospectuses will be developed to operationalize the Country Action Agenda. An Investment Prospectus can have a selective focus on one or more subsectors, on technology type or on geographic region. In some cases, it may be possible to have separate prospectuses for one or more categories of a subsector, for example, electrification or clean cooking in the case of energy access; wind, solar, geothermal projects in the case of renewable energy; or sector specific projects in the case of energy efficiency; or the combination of any categories/subsectors. These Prospectuses aim to achieve the SE4ALL goals by identifying and developing a set of implementable programs and projects, including their investment requirements, which can be presented to potential private and public investors. It is a time-bound short-to-medium term document which presents an integrated set of prioritized and sequenced investment opportunities. It integrates the technical, financial, and implementation requirements for achieving an intermediate goal and delineates the annual funding requirements for capital investments, technical assistance and capacity building over a given time frame. It also identifies policy frameworks or government priorities relevant to reaching these outcomes. 


Further information on the SE4ALL Initiative