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PREparing for a Long-Term Joint EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy

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Africa–EU cooperation on renewable energy

The growing population, sustained industrialisation and rising urbanisation are causing energy demand in Africa to increase. To further sustain development, Africa should further exploit the potential of renewable energies. The EU-funded PRE-LEAP-RE project aims to set the foundation for future collaborative activities between Africa and the EU in the field of renewable energy. Led by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, the project gathers 17 partners across Africa and Europe jointly committed to strengthening the overall cooperation framework in the field of science, technology and innovation. Partners will establish the proper conditions to transform research into effective innovation, tailored to the diverse needs, capacities and aspirations of African societies.


Africa is still poor in energy supply even if impressively endowed by energy resources. Facing the global climate change, the continent will become increasingly energy demanding due to its growing population and economy, both claiming access to reliable, clean and affordable energy services. Therefore, Africa cannot lose momentum to exploit the potential of renewable energies (RE) to unleash local development. One effective way to support this transformation is by empowering local research and innovation through co-development relaying on international cooperation. This approach is the pillar of this CSA, which will create the conditions to transform research into effective innovation, tailored to the diverse needs, capacities and aspirations of African societies. By adopting a Theory of Change’ framework, the CSA is specifically focused on three actions:
• Elaborating a review of past and current Africa-Europe collaborative initiatives in the field of RE to enable effective synergies with on-going activities, and identify research and capacity needs while avoiding duplication of efforts.
• Designing technological and social innovation research pathways in compliance with the Knowledge Triangle, catalysing thus education, research and innovation. While maintaining the core focus on Technology, the pathways will be comprehensive of essential elements for long term sustainability such as business models, capacity building, financial schemes and regulatory frameworks. The Research Agenda will be thus complemented by a Human and Institutional Capacity Building Agenda and by proper organisational and funding principles for an efficient governance of the forthcoming Joint Programme.

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Net EU contribution
€ 107 420,00
75015 PARIS 15

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 107 420,00

Participants (16)