ESMAP at a Glance


ESMAP provides analytical and advisory services to low- and middle-income countries to increase their know-how and institutional capacity to achieve environmentally sustainable energy solutions for poverty reduction and economic growth. Supporting over a hundred activities in countries around the world at any given time, ESMAP is an integral part of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank.

Objectives And Focus Areas

FY2014 is the first year of ESMAP’s new three-year business plan, and also marks the culmination of ESMAP’s transition in response to the growing needs of clients. In recent years, ESMAP has devoted resources to global initiatives that address issues of interest to a wide range of clients, such as energy subsidy reform and urban energy efficiency.

ESMAP’s work is currently divided into four main focus areas. Beyond these, ESMAP has also instituted special work programs in response to the needs of clients and partners. As of FY2014 these include Gender and Social Inclusion in the Energy Sector, SIDS DOCK Support Program for small island developing states, and a program on Results-Based Approaches to energy sector development.



ESMAP is governed by a Consultative Group (CG) made up of representatives from contributing donors and chaired by the Senior Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice. The CG meets annually to review the strategic direction of ESMAP, its achievements, use of resources and funding requirements. A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of international experts appointed by the CG provides informed, independent opinions to the CG about the purpose, strategic direction, and priorities of ESMAP. The TAG also provides advice and suggestions to the CG on current and emerging global energy sector issues likely to impact ESMAP’s client counties.