Institutional Development for Energy in Afghanistan (IDEA)

Institutional Development for Energy in Afghanistan (IDEA)


  • The general population, companies and public institutions have access to electricity produced in an environmentally sound and climate-friendly way. Afghan institutions and professionals are trained so they can create the basic conditions for a reliable power supply.


Mains electricity is still a rarity in Afghanistan. Only one third of the population has access to electrical power. In addition to technical advances, improving the supply of energy requires further political reform and significant public and private investments. Among other things, it will require a secure legal framework for private investments and private plant operators. Since 2002, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) to help Afghanistan develop its energy sector by adding more renewable energy.

Field of intervention

  • Sectorial framework condition for the energy sector
  • Energy Sector Cooperation
  • RE/EE institutional capacity development & knowledge Management
  • Enabling private investment

Targeted beneficiaries

  • Nationwide


Sector Framework Conditions:

  • Sector Policies, Laws Regulations, Strategies and Plans are developed.

Sector Cooperation:

  • Energy Sector Coordination & Cooperation mechanisms between national and provincial levels are developed
  • Organizational Development of the Energy is enhanced
  • Sector Monitoring and Evaluation system is established

Knowledge Management in the Sector:

  • Afghanistan Energy Information Portal (AEIP) is developed and in use
  • Guidebook for Energy Efficiency Measures and Utilization of Renewable Energy technologies in buildings is developed and in use
  • Institutional Capacity and need Assessment of Vocational Training for O&M is conducted and a certification package based on a 2222 training program is developed
  • Site-Assessment of Micro and Mini Hydro Power Plants is conducted to identify potential sustainability measures
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Awareness Raising mechanism for the Sector is developed and for the first time the Afghanistan Sustainable Energy Week (ASEW-2017) is conducted
  • Entrepreneurship development Programs -Women’s Initiatives for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) are established and supported

Enabling Private Investments:

  • 350 MW Renewable Energy technical documents are prepared and availed for private investments
  • Photo Voltaic (PV) market study is conducted and “Enabling PV Afghanistan” guidebook is developed for private investors
  • Pilot On-Grid PV project is installed and is operational
  • Investment Promotion Desk (IPD) for private sector is established

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June 2015 - June 2018

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