INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE
Date: Monday, 12 October 2015
Time: 14:oo to 16:30
Venue: UN Women Regional Office, Dakar, Senegal, Immeuble No.3, SCI Diama, Ngor-Virage B.P. 154, Dakar, SENEGAL
Topic: Launch of the ECOWAS Facility for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access (ECOW-GEN Facility)
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the UN Women invites you to participate in the Press Conference to officially launch the ECOWAS Facility for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access (ECOW-GEN Facility).
The ECOW-GEN Facility is a small grant facility which aims to provide technical and financial support to upscale the deployment of projects that simultaneously promote gender equality and improve energy access in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region.
The ECOW-GEN Facility is a funding vehicle created for the specific purpose of operationalizing the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access, which aims to address existing barriers to the equal participation of men and women in expanding energy access in the region, and thus contribute to the success of the sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative in the ECOWAS region.
The €5 Million Facility will run from June 2016 – 2019, and will identify gender-responsive projects through annual calls for proposals. Prior to this, the Facility will commence with a pilot phase lasting till June 2016, and with a size of €500,000 will support about 7 to 10 energy projects. Calls for project proposals for the Facility’s pilot phase opens on 12 October, 2015.
The Conference will provide a platform to discuss:
- Modalities for implementation of the ECOW-GEN Facility’s pilot phase (entities eligible for financing, eligible territories, etc.); Eligibility criteria and Evaluation criteria.
- The process leading to the first operational phase of the Facility (2016 – 2019).