New Countries Under the SREP

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At its meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on June 27, 2014, the SREP Sub-Committee welcomed the strong response by forty countries in responding to the invitation to submit an expression of interest. The Sub-Committee approved the following countries to to be selected as new SREP pilot countries (in alphabetical order). Scoping missions are currently being planned by MDBs to begin the development of Investment Plans.

1. Bangladesh (Scoping Mission: January 26-29, 2015 | Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire
2. Benin (Scoping Mission: April 22-24, 2015| Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire)
3. Cambodia (Scoping Mission: January 20-22, 2015| Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire
4. Ghana (Scoping Mission: December 1-4, 2014| Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire) (Joint Mission: February 9-18, 2015 | Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire
5. Haiti (Scoping Mission: October 23-26, 2014 | Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire [French Version]) (Joint Mission: February 9-13, 2015 | Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire)
6. Kiribati
7. Lesotho (Scoping Mission: June 17-19, 2015 | Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire 
8. Madagascar (Scoping Mission: June 8-11, 2015 | Terms of Reference )
9. Malawi
10. Nicaragua (Scoping Mission: November 6-7, 2014 | Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire Spanish) (Joint Mission: February 12-13, 2015 | Terms of Reference
11. Rwanda (Scoping Mission: December 8-11, 2014 | Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire ) (Joint Mission June 23-26, 2015 | Terms of Reference
12. Sierra Leone
13. Uganda (Scoping Misson: January 19-23, 2015 Terms of Reference | Aide Memoire) (Joint Mission: June 8-12, 2015 | Terms of Reference )
14. Zambia (Scoping Mission: April 8-10, 2015 | Terms of Reference)

Up to USD 300,000 will be provided to each of the selected countries to enable them to take a leadership role in working with the MDBs to develop their full investment plans.

Proposal for Distributing Grants and Non-Grants Resourses to SREP New Pilot Countries

Decision of the SREP Sub-Committee on the Selection of New Pilot Countries

Criteria and Process for Selecting New Pilot Countries under the SREP

Expert Group Report 

Approved Proposal for Allocating Resources to the New SREP Pilot Countries


Countries were ranked by the expert group according to the following criteria:
Lack of Energy Access (weight: 30%). This will be measured in terms of percentage of total population with access with electricity. Countries with the lowest access to electricity should be favored. Data from public sources will be compiled.
Relative Poverty (weight: 10%). This will be measured using gross national income (GNI) per capita. Data from public sources will be compiled.
Enabling Environment (weight: 30%). This will involve three aspects as elaborated below:
a. the existence of, or a willingness to, adopt, within an appropriate timeframe, supportive regulatory structures and institutions to support renewable energy development (including agencies to promote/utilize renewable energy, if relevant). This could include policies and regulations promoting renewable energy, such as feed-in tariffs, tax incentives, subsidies, concessional financing or renewable portfolio standards.
b. an enabling regulatory environment that promotes private sector investments in renewable energies. This could include policies that support private sector participation and public-private partnerships. This could also include availability, or willingness to develop, local capacity along the renewable energy supply chain, including manufacturing, training, and operations and maintenance.
c. iii. sector-wide energy development strategies that are open to integrating renewable energy into energy access and supply enhancement programs or targets for large-scale renewable energy deployment. Countries could be assessed on national and local strategies and targets for electrification, and current or projected share of renewables in the energy portfolio.
Good Governance within the Sector (weight: 10%). An assessment of sector governance could include commercial performance of relevant institutions, pricing and tariff practices, and competitive procurement of goods and services, the transparency and accountability of these practices and the degree to which they are subject to public oversight.
Potential Capacity for Implementation (including sufficient institutional and technical capacity) (weight: 20%). This could include a track record of renewable energy projects completed or initiated with participation of private sector, previous experience implementing and using renewable energy technologies, capacity for operating and maintaining renewable energy systems. In specific cases, the existence of a track record may not be a strict criterion and a willingness to advance in the area of renewable energy could be sufficient. The government’s ability to effectively absorb additional funds should also be considered.
Countries with Received EOIs (Expressions of Interest)
Additionally, click here and follow the navy blue coded-countries to see an
interactive map of current CIF pilot SREP countries.
Expressions of Interest Received for new potential SREP countries:
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