Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)

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Established in 1983, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a global, multidonor technical assistance trust fund administered by the World Bank and cosponsored by 13 official bilateral donors.[1]


Its mission is to assist low- and middle-income countries to increase know-how and institutional capacity to achieve environmentally sustainable solutions for poverty reduction and economic growth.[2]


Since 1983, ESMAP has operated in over 100 countries through more than 800 activities covering a broad range of energy issues.

Today, ESMAP implements the Consultative Groups (CG’s) mandate by focusing upstream through three core functions that help client countries translate high quality advice into desired outcomes[2]:

  • Think Tank - ESMAP aims to influence policy making and broaden knowledge horizons about cutting-edge solutions to global thematic challenges, by sponsoring a broad range of analytical and advisory services in its client countries.
  • Knowledge Clearinghouse - ESMAP shares tools, best practices, and lessons learned through training events and knowledge exchange activities that are intended to enhance clients’ capacity to plan, manage, and regulate energy sector strategies and programs.
  • Operational Leveraging - ESMAP provides clients with “just-in-time” technical assistance to help them translate policies, strategies, and programs into results on the ground.


The governance structure of ESMAP comprises[2]:

  • Consultative Group (CG) – ESMAP is governed by a CG made up of representatives from contributing donors (Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and The World Bank) and chaired by The World Bank Vice President, Sustainable Development Network. The CG meets annually to review the strategic directions of ESMAP, its achievements, and its use of resources and funding requirements. The CG is common to all energy trust-funded programs (ETFPs) managed by the World Bank.
  • Technical Advisory Group (TAG) – A TAG of international experts selected 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 issues in the energy sector, likely to impact ESMAP’s clients.
  • Energy and Mining Sector Board – This World Bank board comprises Regional Energy Sector Managers and the ESMAP Program Manager. It ensures alignment of ESMAP’S strategy with the Bank’s approach and priorities in the energy sector.
  • ESMAP Unit - The ESMAP Unit is responsible for the day-to-day management of ESMAP, following the strategy laid out in its business plan as approved by the CG and annual work program managed by the Sustainable Energy Department (SEG) of The World Bank Group.

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