Host location/regions: China and Ghana

Timeframe: 2014-2018

Scale: Global

Partners: Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology Energy Commision (EC), UNDP, Ghanaian Counterparts

Cost and source of funding: USD 2.720.000, Donors – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

Implementing Agency: Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Energy Commission of Ghana and UNDP country offices in China and Ghana

Project Management: UNDP

Sector: Renewable Energy

Type: Transfer of Renewable Energy Technology and Capacity Building




In recent years, Ghana has performed well in terms of increasing the share of electricity generation going to households from less than 40% in 2000 to 60% in 2010, and currently more than 70% of households nationwide have access to electricity. However, this national average masks a striking urban-rural disparity with only 40% of rural households having access to electricity, with significant impact on productive activities and local economic development. Extension of the grid to some of the remaining remote unelectrified (such as islands and isolated) communities is difficult due to geographical and financing constraints.


Through the pilot project, UNDP together with the national counterparts aim at showing concrete solutions for providing access to renewable energy solutions through enhanced investment and production of Renewable Energy Technologies. The project will operate both at the upstream level (supporting the creation of an enabling environment for technology transfer) and downstream level (actual transfer and demonstration of technologies with potential up scaling by the private sector).

Expected Achievements and Outcomes

  • The project aims to effect off-grid community-based electrification, increase the share of renewable energy and promote the productive uses of energy.
  • Support broader socio-economic and environmental objectives, most notably poverty reduction through employment generation as well as action on climate change mitigation.
  • Create an enabling environment in Ghana for absorbing new technology, and in China for providing it appropriately.
  • Promotion of the production of renewable energy technologies in Ghana with a strong focus on private sector development and inclusion.
  • In China, the project will support the review and updating of South-South Cooperation policies and guidelines. Moreover, the project contributes to solid capacity building, enabling China to engage more systematically in South-South Cooperation
Denmark provides financing to the programme. Denmark is increasingly focused on South-South Cooperation, to enable better and more coherent cooperation between China and countries in Africa, in particular around the promotion of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL).

Contact: Project Manager:Benjamin Moore



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