Date:December 19, 2012

MFS Energy Access Programme

The programme works from the basis that fighting rural poverty demands providing decentralized rural energy services, which are sensitive to the situation of the rural poor and in particular to gender aspects. A better understanding is needed of the real energy needs of the poor, men and women, and the ways in which these energy needs can be served locally, in a sustainable way. The program is implemented through two networks:

The ENERGIA network, established by ETC in 1996, is active in 13 countries in Africa and 9 countries in Asia. The network focuses on gender mainstreaming in the energy sector and outreaches to over 4000 professionals (

The EASE network (‘Enabling Access to Sustainable Energy’) initiated in 1998, consists of 10 lead NGOs and over 30 civil society partners that are involved in market development for rural energy in 8 developing countries (

The program aims to contribute to poverty reduction by providing Energy Access to the Poor, by:

  1. Facilitating up-scaling processes in the rural energy sector and local energy markets;
  2. Building capacities of development actors to mainstream gender concerns into energy access projects and policies, and mainstreaming gender approaches in rural energy markets and national policies.

More specifically:

  • Development of product packages starting from local realities and real needs of end-users;
  • Facilitation of local PPP’s by combining a market development approach with clear role for NGO’s and CBO’s;
  • Building local markets for energy access, enable beneficiaries to have control over their energy access to ensure sustainability;
  • Building capabilities of development actors to mainstream gender concerns into energy access projects and policies;
  • Strengthen energy networking at regional, national and international level.


Countries / Countries Africa: Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa.Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Latin-America: Bolivia
Duration of project 5 years
Client / partner Worldwide NGOs, energy service providers, consultants, entrepreneurs
Donor Netherlands Government, through Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Contact person (within ETC) Sheila Oparaocha and Tamara Flink