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AFREPREN/FWD is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Nairobi, Kenya, with vast expertise on energy in East and Southern Africa and some experience in West and North Africa. AFREPREN/FWD brings together African energy practitioners, professionals, researchers, investors and policy makers from Africa who have a long-term interest in the development of cleaner energy services for Africa as well as energy research/capacity building and the attendant policy-making process.

AFREPREN/FWD has initiated cleaner energy investment support initiatives and associated policy research/capacity building studies in 19 African countries namely: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. AFREPREN/FWD also maintains close collaborative links with energy practitioners, professionals, researchers, investors and policy makers from West Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Senegal) and North Africa (Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia).

Vision and Mission of AFREPREN/FWD

AFREPREN/FWD’s vision is to “Contribute to Ensuring Cleaner and Affordable Energy Services for the Poor in Africa”. Its mission is to “Provide key stakeholders with feasible technical, financing and policy options, information and skills for the delivery of affordable and cleaner energy services for the poor in Africa.”


The key objective of the Energy, Environment and Development Network for Africa (AFREPREN/FWD) is to strengthen African expertise, capabilities, skills and research capacity and in the service of cleaner and affordable energy service for the poor in Africa and associated energy policy making and planning. Initiated in 1987, AFREPREN/FWD is a collective regional response to the widespread concern over the weak link between African energy skills/research/expertise and the development and implementation of cleaner energy investments and energy policy in Africa. Over the last 10 years, AFREPREN/FWD has expanded its scope of operations to include promotion of sustainable energy investments. This has entailed forging closer relations with developments banks such as the African Development Bank and privates sector in Africa.

Who Sets the Agenda of AFREPREN/FWD?

AFREPREN/FWD management team, members and participants of each of AFREPREN/FWD’s main initiatives decide on the structure, direction and mode of operation of the Network and its key activities and respective programs. A Secretariat, established in Nairobi, Kenya, coordinates the energy program of AFREPREN/FWD and provides the requisite administrative and technical support. The Secretariat also manages projects that are implemented by the Secretariat’s technical team.


At national and regional levels, AFREPREN/FWD has contributed to promoting cleaner energy investments and developing the energy strategies/policies of NEPAD and the African Development Bank as well as carried out an assessment on behalf of African Development Bank (AfDB) to identify renewables and efficiency priorities in eastern Africa for the AfDB to support through its FINESSE Africa Program. At the international level, AFREPREN/FWD has contributed to the energy strategies of the World Bank, Global Environment Facility, UN Agencies, European Union, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

AFREPREN/FWD has over 300 active African energy practitioners, professionals, researchers, investors and policy makers, during any given active program/project phase, and has a direct link to a critical mass of influential energy analysts in Africa. The diversity of the AFREPREN/FWD membership provides multiple entry points for influencing energy investments, skills development and energy policy in the region. For example, about 50% of AFREPREN/FWD members are in Government or energy utilities and positions that directly influence and/or formulate energy policy in the region.

Since its inception, AFREPREN/FWD has strived to promote capacity building in the African energy sector. There is anecdotal evidence that this effort contributed, in some way, to the promotion of a significant number of former and current AFREPREN/FWD members to positions of considerable policy influence and clout. Notable examples include a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy in Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania; an Assistant Minister of Energy in Uganda; Directors of Energy in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Zambia; Principal Economist in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy in Kenya; and, national utility director in Ethiopia. In addition, AFREPREN/FWD counts among its members, eminent researchers and scientific advisers. A notable example includes Mr. Stephen Karekezi who is a former Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel (STAP) of the US$ 2 billion Global Environment Facility managed by the World Bank, UNDP and UNEP. Brief Resumes of some AFREPREN/FWD Network Members are available on the following link:http://www.afrepren.org/themgrps/researchers.htm