Welcome to the initiative

Green People’s Energy for Africa

The initiative Green People’s Energy for Africa  of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was launched in 2017 and aims to facilitate, expand and secure the supply of sustainable energy in rural Africa. It relies on the broad participation of small and medium-sized enterprises, municipalities, cooperatives, public associations and citizens.

  • BMZ Special Representative for Energy in Africa, Bärbel Höhn and Josef Göppel, in Ethiopia

    BMZ Special Representative for Energy in Africa, Bärbel Höhn and Josef Göppel, in Ethiopia

  • Solar panels in Senegal

    Solar panels in Senegal

  • Electrification of a health center in Ghana

    Electrification of a health center in Ghana

  • Solar irrigation in Senegal

    Solar irrigation in Senegal

  • Installation of a solar plant in Uganda

    Installation of a solar plant in Uganda

What we do

We introduce Renewable Energy curricula
We train teachers
We train professionals
We support business development
We strengthen partnerships
We inform civil society organisations
We provide digital learning
We support social institutions
We consult policy makers on renewable energies

Focus countries

EthiopiaBeninCôte d’IvoireGhanaMozambiqueNamibiaZambiaSenegalUganda

Latest Developments

Ethiopia sets new milestone for introducing cooperative mini-grids in rural areas

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Representatives from Ethiopia’s energy, cooperative, finance and private sectors set a milestone with the Green People’s Energy initiative to enable cooperatives to establish and run mini-grids. Guidelines for for developing cooperative-based mini-grid projects are now available.

Knowledge hub for renewable energy online in Mozambique

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Together with energypedia, Green People’s Energy (GBE) launched the Mozambique Off-grid Knowledge Hub. The site provides information on solar energy, clean cookstoves, nano- and mini-grids and on productive use of renewable energy.

Partnering with FIN’Elle accelerating spread of green energy

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In Cȏte d’Ivoire, microfinance provider FIN’Elle is now partnering with Germany’s Green People’s Energy (GBE) initiative. Together they are working to strengthen women and female entrepreneurship. FIN’Elle specialises in women-led organisations and businesses.