Call for Concepts from Energy organisations: Green and Inclusive Energy Programme

June 7, 2018

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. We cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.


More than a billion people do not have access to reliable, affordable and clean energy. The Green and Inclusive Energy programme is Hivos’ five-year strategic partnership with the Dutch government and together with ENERGIA and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), launched at the beginning of 2016 to help remedy this situation. The programme focuses on lobby and advocacy that will influence the debate on energy, with the ultimate aim of making energy systems more green and inclusive (of women, children and the marginalised). The programme, similarly, mobilizes local civil society to execute their own effective lobby strategies.

The overall objective of the programme is to help transition the energy system in East Africa to one that is green and inclusive and which meets the energy needs of women and men in their daily lives. It envisions a green and inclusive energy system that creates economic opportunities and growth whilst mitigating climate change. Additionally, the programme aims to effect long-term changes in energy policy in East Africa that result in greener and more inclusive policies. In East Africa the programme is being implemented in Kenya and Tanzania.

Call for concepts

This programme aims to support Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in East Africa that are working to address the aforementioned issues in a bid to strengthen local CSOs when it comes to contributions to energy policy. This particular call for concepts is focusing on Kenya.

Organizations interested in applying should demonstrate ample knowledge of and networks in the energy sector in Kenya, either at sub-national or national level. Knowledge of regional dynamics in the energy sector is a plus. In addition, we are looking for organizations that take an innovative approach in reaching out to stakeholders including the government, other civil society organizations, private sector and citizens. The selected organization will be expected to collaborate not only with Hivos, but also with our other partners in the programme.

Your concept should focus on how you would contribute to changing the energy transition in Kenya to one that is green and inclusive. We are looking for a logical flow of activities that will lead to a concrete change in energy policy over time. Our partners are working through a variety of approaches and we welcome ideas that challenge the status quo. Regional approaches will also be welcomed.

Format of Concept Notes

Applications should be in English and submitted to by 20 July 2018.

The concepts must be no more than five pages with the following sections:

  • Name of the entity and representative that will sign the agreement if the grant is awarded.
  • Short description of your work/ practice and the mission of your organization.
  • Staff profile of the organization (organogram).
  • Previous work in the energy sector.
  • Objectives or proposed outcomes of your activities and the change you aim to see through your implementation.
  • Narrative of plan: brief description of the activities that will be undertaken using this grant. Try to be as concrete as possible and describe how the project is addressing the much-needed shift to renewable energy in Kenya.
  • Workplan that briefly outlines proposed activities, including a simple schedule, time frame for activities for a period of one year and a summary budget per activity/result with a budget ceiling of EUR 40, 000 – can be attached as an annex.

Your organizational profile

  • A Kenyan organization already working in the energy sector.
  • Proven track record work on energy access, advocacy for renewable energy or research in energy policy.