In the fall of 2008, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), in close collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), initiated a joint human capacity building program aimed at the transfer of business-oriented expertise for the financing of sustainable electrification projects and the deployment of low-emitting power technologies in developing and emerging countries.
The program was designed as a bottom-up initiative that consisted of a series of eight region-specific workshops over a period of four years, starting in 2009. Through interactive dialogues between the investment community, power sector counterparts and high-level government representatives from the participating countries, the workshops discussed the countries’ current risks for power sector investors and focused on opportunities to enhance their capacity to attract advanced power technology financial flows through the development of key policy strategies and action plans.
The first dialogues, implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), took place from September 8-10, 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand, with the participation of eight countries from South and South-East Asia, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Bangkok Dialogues (September 8-10, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand)
The second set of dialogues, which focused on Eastern and Southern African countries, took place from April 13-15, 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. Taking into account the particular needs of these countries, the emphasis of this workshop was rural electrification.
The Nairobi Dialogues (April 13-15, 2010, Nairobi, Kenya)
Co-hosted with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the World Energy Council, a third set of dialogues focusing on Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia was completed in 2010. This set of dialogues comprised of a high-level meeting held on September 14, 2010 in Montreal at the World Energy Congress (WEC), and an expert-level workshop on November 22-24, 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland at the UNECE headquarters.
Clean Electricity Production Forum: Fostering Investment in Electricity Generation in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (November 22-24, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland)
A fourth set of dialogues targeting Latin America was organized with the help of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) at their headquarters in Santiago, Chile from August 22-23, 2011. Twelve countries from the region participated with high-level representatives from the Ministries of Energy, the national regulatory agencies/commissions, and from the major public and private electric utilities.
Financing Low-Carbon Electricity in Latin America (August 22-23, 2011, Santiago, Chile)
As a next step, a dialogue was organized for Western and Central Africa in Cotonou, Benin from October 2-3, 2012, in partnership with the European Union.
Financing Sustainable Rural Electrification Workshop for Central and Western Africa (October 2-3, 2012, Cotounou, Benin)
At the same time, a follow-up workshop was organized in Latin America at the end of October 2012 to reinforce the discussions begun in the August 2011 dialogue, focusing in particular on the regulatory aspects of financing low carbon electricity in the region.
Second Workshop on Financing Low-Carbon Electricity in Latin America (October 29-30, 2012, Santiago, Chile)