Africa Mini Grids Programme ESMF

Africa Mini Grids Programme ESMF

December 22, 2021

The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) covers ten 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). Somalia is one of the 10 countries participating in AMP as national Child Project.

This ESMF was prepared by UNDP during the design phase of the first round of national projects and covers all ten national projects under AMP. The countries covered by this Framework are Burkina Faso, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and Madagascar.

The AMP’s objective is to increase access to electricity by improving the financial viability and promoting scaled-up commercial investment in renewable energy minigrids. The objective of each national child project is to provide technical support to improve energy access in rural areas through the introduction of renewable technologies. Each project consists of specific components to be implemented over the course of a 4‐year period

The objective of the ESMF and SESP is to ensure compliance of 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 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 level and the UNDP.

The draft ESMF and SESP documents are accessible in following links for public review and comments:

Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF):

Social and Environmental Screening Procedures (SESP)

The contact details to provide feedback are under Public Consultation/Disclosure section on page 1 of ESMP document. The review period will end on 22 April 2022. Refer to sections relating to Somalia National Project for review and feedback.