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EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (ITF)

2007 -

Implementing agencies
European Investment Bank

African partners
Other public body, Private sector

Names of African partners involved

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multi-donor, Multilaterals involved, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
European Commission, the Governments of Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and DFID

Geographical scope

Countries where active
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad Republic, Comoros, Congo, Libya, Dem. Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali Republic, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Principe, Rwanda, Senegal Republic, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia Republic, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius

Renewables, Electricity, Heating and Cooling, Energy Efficiency

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Electricity system, Grid connected generation, Mini-grids

Type of intervention
Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Project preparation / implementation, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing
Grant, Equity, Debt, Guarantee

Main objectives
To promote investment in infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa1 through various forms of grants, which are blended with long-term investments by selected development finance institutions. In this way, the EU-AITF helps to mobilise additional finance for projects, thereby increasing access to energy, transport, water and communications services.

Main activities
EU-AITF funding is available from two different envelopes: - The regional envelope promotes projects with a demonstrable regional impact. - The “Sustainable Energy for All” SE4ALL envelope supports regional, national and local projects targeting SE4ALL objectives. Grants are provided for: - Technical assistance: for preparatory work, project supervision, targeted capacity building. - Interest rate subsidies: to lower interest rates and hence reduce the total amount of debt. - Investment grants: to finance project components or part of the investment, to increase the concessionality of the financing package. - Financial instruments: guarantee cost financing, equity or quasi-equity investments or participations, risk-sharing instruments.



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