The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) will be hosting the fourth edition of the annual ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum (ESEF) on 24-26 November 2020.

ESEF2020 will raise awareness about the progress made by ECOWAS member states toward achieving sustainable energy targets set for 2030. It will also focus on achieving the vision of the ECOWAS for a prosperous regional sustainable energy market, which is contingent upon harnessing the region’s vast renewable energy potential.

The event will be organised in partnership with the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the global decentralised renewable energy industry  association, and supported by GET.invest, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The event also sees Energy Catalyst as sponsor and IRENA as strategic partner. 

Now more than ever, addressing the energy gaps facing the region must be at the forefront of all development efforts.  This year’s ESEF is special in many ways as it coincides with two landmark events, namely, the 10-year anniversary of ECREEE and the global pandemic of COVID-19. The agenda will therefore have special focus on the role of sustainable energy in COVID-19 response and recovery.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions imposed globally, the event will be held virtually.

ESEF will have four overarching themes:

  • Theme 1: Powering essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond: “The role and potential of off-grid renewable energy solutions in powering rural health care”
  • Theme 2: Ensuring business continuity: “Saving renewable energy MSMEs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Theme 3: Women entrepreneurs as key drivers of growth in the RE sector: “Promoting gender equality in the ECOWAS renewable energy sector”
  • Theme 4: Productive Uses of Energy: Energy, Water and Food, The Winning Nexus



Date events
24 November 2020 to 26 November 2020
Virtual Event


Jens Jaeger

Director of Policy & Business Development

+32 2 400 10 00