The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a global knowledge and technical assistance program administered by the World Bank. It provides analytical and advisory services to low- and middle-income countries to increase their know-how and institutional capacity to achieve environmentally sustainable energy solutions for poverty reduction and economic growth. Supporting over a hundred activities in countries around the world at any given time, ESMAP is an integral part of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank.
ESMAP’s services for its client countries can be grouped into two categories:
|TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND POLICY ADVICE||KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE|
|This includes country-level activities to address specific national energy challenges, which are designed to inform country policy development and reforms, as well as follow-on investments by the World Bank Group (WBG), its development partners, and national governments. Other country-level engagements are grouped under strategic initiatives that leverage ESMAP’s experience and global resources. Examples include the Global Geothermal Development Plan, Renewable Energy Resource Mapping, and the City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative.||ESMAP supports the development of global “public goods”: reports, decision-support tools and online knowledge resources that are designed to inform policymakers, technical specialists, and teams from the WBG and partner agencies. Examples include the Tool for Rapid Assessment for City Energy (TRACE), the Geothermal Handbook, the Renewable Energy Project Resource Center, and the Gender Online Resources. ESMAP also brings together countries to share experiences and disseminate global best practices on issues of mutual interest.|
OBJECTIVES AND FOCUS AREAS
FY2014 is the first year of ESMAP’s new three-year business plan, and also marks the culmination of ESMAP’s transition in response to the growing needs of clients. In recent years, ESMAP has devoted resources to global initiatives that address issues of interest to a wide range of clients, such as energy subsidy reform and urban energy efficiency.
ESMAP’s work is currently divided into four main focus areas:
|CLEAN ENERGY||ENERGY ACCESS||ENERGY EFFICIENT CITIES||ENERGY ASSESSMENTS AND STRATEGIES|
Beyond these, ESMAP has also instituted special work programs in response to the needs of clients and partners. As of FY2014 these include Gender and Social Inclusion in the Energy Sector, the SIDS DOCK Support Program for small island developing states, and a program on Results-Based Approaches to energy sector development.
ESMAP is governed by a Consultative Group (CG) made up of representatives from contributing donors and chaired by the Senior Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice. The CG meets annually to review the strategic direction of ESMAP, its achievements, use of resources and funding requirements.
A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of international experts appointed by the CG provides informed, independent opinions to the CG about the purpose, strategic direction, and priorities of ESMAP. The TAG also provides advice and suggestions to the CG on current and emerging global energy sector issues likely to impact ESMAP’s client counties.