Disclosed for Public Review and Comments

Ethiopia - National Child Project under the Africa Mini-grids Program (AMP) draft ESMF and IPPF

March 22, 2023

The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) and Indigenous/Vulnerable People Planning Framework (IPPF) have been prepared by UNDP for the UNDP-supported, GEF-financed project: “National Child Project under the GEF Africa Minigrids Program – Ethiopia”.


The objective of the Africa Minigrids Program (AMP) in Ethiopia supports access to clean energy by increasing the financial viability and promoting scaled-up commercial investment in renewable mini-grids in Ethiopia, with a focus on cost-reduction levers and innovative business models. 


The AMP project in Ethiopia is part of the broader Africa Minigrids Program and a regional umbrella project. All AMP projects share a common approach, seeking to reduce mini-grid costs via four country-level components, across three key areas of opportunity − mini-grid delivery models, productive use, and digital/data-driven approaches. 


The AMP in Ethiopia will carry out several interrelated activities across the four components to be implemented throughout a four-year period (2022-2026). 


The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) covers nine UNDP-supported national projects, which are part of the Africa Minigrids Program (AMP), a technical assistance program for Minigrids, developed by UNDP with initial funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Ethiopia is one of the nine countries participating in AMP as a national Child Project.


The objective of the ESMF and IPPF is to ensure compliance with relevant policies, including UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (SES), and to direct the project personnel and stakeholders during the implementation of the project in tackling the social and environmental concerns identified during the design phase. Among those, the ESMF aims to manage the Environmental & Social (E&S) impacts through appropriate mitigation measures that may arise with the implementation of the project providing specific guidance to be followed consistently with the existing policies at the local, national and international levels and the UNDP. The IPPF also aims to ensure the inclusion of vulnerable peoples into the project design, planning and implementation of planned activities to enhance the development process with full respect to the dignity, human rights, economies, and culture of vulnerable Peoples. 


The draft ESMF and IPPF documents are accessible below for public review and comments. 


If you have any questions or comments, please email us at communication.et@undp.org  


The review period will end on 22 May 2023. In the ESMF refer to sections relating to Ethiopia National Project for review and feedback.