In order to successfully attain the political targets of the Partnership, the AEEP supports the capacities of key African institutions through several modalities. Capacity support allows for efficient implementation of the Partnership on an equal footing and enables the exchange of best practices among African entities.
The Secretariat works towards this goal through the secondment of staff to the African Union Commission (AUC) Department of Infrastructure and Energy (DIE) as well as through targeted support to key continental institutions and programmes such as the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), the African Energy Commission (AFREC) and the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa hub at the African Development Bank (AfDB). Moreover, the AEEP engages closely with Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and fosters exchange of information and dialogue on the topic of energy. For example, the AEEP has played a pivotal role in the shaping and eventual establishment of Centres of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Africa. This has continually strengthened the respective RECs initiatives in the areas of policy and capacity development, knowledge management and awareness raising as well as investment and business promotion.
In addition to capacity support to key institutions, the AEEP has developed a dynamic youth programme to ensure the “voices of tomorrow” are incorporated at the highest level of political dialogue. For instance, AEEP supported a group of European and African young journalists in 2012 in covering the second High Level Meeting of the Partnership in Addis Ababa. The AEEP as well engaged young scientists, entrepreneurs and journalists to contribute to the Second Stakeholder Forum of the AEEP in Milan in May 2016. Through their participation, the youth representatives had the opportunity to share their ideas and gain a deeper understanding of Africa-EU cooperation in the energy sector and to report back through respective local channels.
To learn more about the AEEP’s Youth Programme, please follow this link.