ESMAP at a Glance

ESMAP is a partnership between the World Bank  and 22 partners to help low and middle-income countries reduce poverty and boost growth through sustainable energy solutions. ESMAPs analytical and advisory services are fully integrated within the World Banks country financing and policy dialogue in the energy sector. Through the World Bank Group (WBG), ESMAP works to accelerate the energy transition required to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. It helps to shape WBG strategies and programs to achieve the WBG Climate Change Action Plan targets.

ESMAP’s Theory of Change

The ESMAP Theory of Change is an overarching view of the results that ESMAP strives to achieve to contribute to the umbrella development objectives: achieving universal access by 2030 and achieving decarbonization across the energy sector in support of international commitments on climate change.

In line with the recommendations of the ESMAP External Evaluation, the Theory of Change illustrates that foundational intermediate outcomes (focusing on the energy sector reform for sustainable energy transition, promoting gender equality in the sector, and informing policy decisions with energy data and analytics) enable higher-level results across programs. The Theory of Change is accompanied by a comprehensive Results Framework that defines indicators and targets to measure the progress towards achieving the development objectives.

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