ESMAP at a Glance


ESMAP is a partnership between the World Bank Group and 17 partners to help low and middle-income countries reduce poverty and boost growth, through environmentally sustainable energy solutions. Situated within the World Bank, ESMAP influences billions in loans for development projects, leverages public and private financing, and shapes global policy.



Facts about ESMAP

Focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) and the SEforALL goals

Supports the climate change agenda

Has a global reach with activities in over 130 countries

Leverages public and private financing

Works at the nexus of energy, water, transport and urban sectors

Built on strong partnerships – more than 40 key partnerships lie at the core of ESMAP’s work

Works with the private sector to encourage more innovation and investment

ESMAP’s Theory Of Change

In support of the SDG7, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the World Bank’s Climate Change Action Plan as well as the World Bank’s twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity, ESMAP’s business plan for FY2017–20 is organized around three thematic areas corresponding to the three SDG7 targets on energy access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Each thematic area comprises specific components to enable ESMAP to respond quickly to client needs. Three cross-cutting areas aim to address broader sectoral issues. These relate to energy subsidy reforms; energy sector governance, markets, and planning; and providing knowledge as a global public good through the SEforAll Knowledge Hub, while gender dimensions are mainstreamed across the entire work program.