Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)

Climate Objective
Sectors and Themes
Type of Support Provider
Type of Recipient
Public entity at the national level
Public entity at the sub-national level
Public entity at the regional level
Fund Size

active portfolio of $204.9 million

Co-financing Requirement
Trustee or Administrator
World Bank
Contact Information
East Asia and Pacific
Europe and Central Asia
Middle East and North Africa
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is a global knowledge and technical assistance program administered by the World Bank. It 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.

ESMAP catalyzes change by:

  • Strengthening policy frameworks, and reforming energy prices and subsidies
  • Helping countries to secure affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy supply to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity
  • Facilitating the transition to lower carbon and resilient energy systems, de-risking investments, and integrating variable renewable energy into power grids
  • Working at the nexus of energy, water, transport, buildings, industry, and urban development
Purpose of Support
Strengthening enabling environments and stakeholder capacity
Funding Type
Monitoring and Reporting Procedures

ESMAP M&E system includes bi-annually monitoring reports, justifications for extension of grant closing date,outputs and outcomes indicators, grant completion report.

Organizational and Decision Making Structure

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.

Eligible Countries

ODA eligible countries may access funding. These consist of all low and middle income countries based on gross national income (GNI) per capita as published by the World Bank.

Information on how to

Access funding by referencing the World Bank Group's country financing and policy dialogue in the energy sector. Find information regarding the WBG energy sector here. Reference ongoing activitieshere.