Throughout a structured and consultative discussion series, launched in May 2015 and spearheaded by the European Commission, the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, stakeholders asked the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) to create a mapping of energy initiatives to allow stakeholders and African policy makers to navigate the large number of initiatives currently active in the sector, as well as to act as a key first input in to a proposed panAfrican coordination mechanism in the energy sector proposed by the African Union Commission (AUC).
This mapping was conducted by the IASS following a consultative approach at all stages of development. This way it could be ensured that the data and analysis presented reflect the information provided by the initiatives themselves, as well as properly analyze the data to derive useful conclusions for the sector. The mapping of initiatives has been identified by major global initiatives like the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), among others as a central activity. The study therefore provides an opportunity to input directly into the core tasks of these initiatives in order to allow for use of existing implementation mechanisms.