Call for Proposals

The Energy Access work stream of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership has the pleasure to invite all Young Leaders in Africa and Europe to apply for the:

Young Leaders in Energy Access Award

21-23 March, 2017

Lisbon, Portugal

Who should apply

  • You are between 21 - 35 years old
  • You have a European or African nationality
  • You are an advocate for energy access in your community or at your institution, who works to bring sustainable energy access to communities in Africa.


Up to five Young Leaders in the field of energy access will be invited to the ARE Energy Access Investment Forum held on March 22-23 in Lisbon, Portugal with all expenses covered. The Young Leaders will get the opportunity to share their ideas and recommendations to improve energy access in Africa with a wide group of energy experts and high-level stakeholders, including the European Commission, the African Union Commission, the UN and the World Bank through a communiqué written on site! The Young Leaders will also have the chance to broaden their knowledge of business opportunities for clean energy access and will receive a trophy acknowledging their contribution to bring sustainable energy access to Africa.

Criteria for Selection & How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A short essay (max. 400 words) on what makes you a young leader on energy access in Africa, why you are passionate about clean energy access and what you have done to contribute to SDG7.
  • Examples or evidence of your work that best demonstrates your passion to bring clean energy access to African communities, particularly through productive use,  (links to projects, articles, photos, blogs, videos, etc.) and to attend the ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Lisbon.
  • What you would like to tell the leaders of today about energy access: please provide us with one recommendation (max. 100 words) that you would pass on to the leaders of the energy sector to address the main barriers and improve energy access in Africa.
  • Your CV with references

*Please note, that while we accept applications in French, the Forum and award ceremony will be conducted in English. Therefore, a working-level of English is required to participate.

Please send your application to:

Deadline: 21 February 2017


the Energy Access work stream


The Energy Access work stream under the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) was initiated in April 2016 and is mandated to: close the gaps between public, private, NGO and the academic sector; promote business and technology solutions to effectively tackle energy access; raise public interest for clean energy access as a topic; where necessary, contribute to the SE4All and SDG 7 processes on energy access.

The work stream is part of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), a long-term framework for strategic dialogue between Africa and the European Union (EU) aimed at sharing knowledge, setting political priorities and developing joint programmes on the key energy issues and challenges in the 21st century. The overall objective of the AEEP is to improve access to secure, affordable and sustainable energy for both continents, with a special focus on increasing investment in energy infrastructure in Africa.


See the winners of the Young Leaders in Energy Access Awards (updated 23 March 2017)

Read the Young Leaders in Energy Access Communiqué: English and French versions (updated 20 April 2017)