Background

Background

The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with the Mekong Region (EEP Mekong) has been running effectively since December 2009. The programme aims at contributing to improved access to sustainable energy while mitigating global climate change. Within the programme, completed 39 projects have been supported by providing partial grant-based funding to project developers for feasibility studies and pilot and demonstration projects with the intention that the grants catalyze further public and private financing in renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in the region. Currently, there are six projects from the 5th Call for Proposals are currently under implementation.

The mid-term review regarded the programme as successful in covering a broad range of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives with several pro-poor off-grid interventions. It has also increased interest in private sector delivery of modern energy services, although still to a limited extent. 

The first phase of the EEP programme have been supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) and the Nordic Development Fund, with a total budget of EUR 7.9 million.