Do you want to help improve life in
in Africa’s villages?

You want to put renewable energies even more
into the focus of your work?

Perhaps you are already cooperating
with a local community or project?

You are involved in the knowledge
exchange on the subject of renewable
energies with African organisations?

Then this call from Green People’s Energy can be an interesting opportunity for you to expand your engagement in sub-Saharan Africa.

It’s a call aimed at European actors in the energy transition such as municipalities, educational institutions, cooperatives, non-governmental organisations, associations, or companies.

This market survey may be followed by a competitive procedure (call for tenders).

The BMZ ministerial initiative “Green People’s Energy for Africa” aims to reduce energy poverty in rural regions of Africa and support the development of decentralised renewable energy systems. Citizens as well as local businesses and organisations are closely involved in order to strengthen the productive use of energy, the energy supply for social institutions, and the promotion of framework conditions for sustainable investments.

We want to gain an overview of partnership concepts between European and African actors and publish these findings in the publication “Partnerships with Africa – Lessons Learned from Cooperation on equal footing”.

“Africa and the emerging economies are where climate protection will be decided to a large extent.”

Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

The call

In a first step, we are therefore calling on European actors in the energy transition (such as municipalities, educational institutions, cooperatives, non-governmental organisations, associations, companies) to introduce themselves. Details (overview) and the corresponding form (introduction) can be downloaded below:


Send us your completed introduction by June 30th, 2021 to !

We look for

  • new partnership concepts that are innovative sustainable.
  • existing partnerships that are newly dedicated to one of the topics listed below.
  • findings and recommendations for the implementation of partnership concepts and strategic orientation of development cooperation with Africa for the publication Partnerships with Africa – Lessons Learned from Cooperation on equal footing.


  1. Setting up/establishing an energy cooperative for local power supply (target group: cooperatives)
  2. Productive use of renewable energy (target group: private sector)
  3. Renewable energies in education and training for different types of schools and further education (target group: (dual) education institutions)

Conditions you ideally fulfil

  • You have already identified an African actor (African branches of European organisations are not partners for the purposes of this exchange).
  • The African organisation is based and active in a sub-Saharan African country, ideally in one of the GBE focus countries Ethiopia, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Senegal, or Uganda.
  • You already have experience in the field of renewable energies as well as in development cooperation with African actors in Africa.