Advanced Scoping for Technical Capacity Building on Small Hydropower in East Africa

Assignment location

Burundi; Kenya; Rwanda; Tanzania; Uganda


EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF)


The key barrier for the growth of the East African small hydropower industry is the acute shortage of skilled personnel. EUEI PDF has received a request from the East African Community (EAC) for assistance in the area of small hydropower capacity development. The assistance triggered further support in building up a portfolio in renewable energy within the region. The objective of the project was to support EAC in carrying out a detailed gap analysis and assessment on technical capacity development measures for small hydropower in the region. The analysis formed the basis for the development of an action plan. The project activities led to: (i) Small HP capacity building programmes with a focus on O&M; (ii) Coordination of small HP development among EAC member states; (iii) EACs regional strategy on scaling up access to modern energy services; (iv) support for setting up the EA Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE). HYDROPHIL provided the following services:

  • Detailed desk study
  • Scoping missions to five countries of the EAC, incl. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda
  • Capturing recommendations of key institutions from the hydropower and education sectors
  • Preparation of a gap analysis
  • Organisation of a final two-day workshop and preparation of the final report

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