About GVEP

GVEP International is a non-profit organisation working to alleviate poverty in developing countries through increased access to sustainable, renewable energy. To achieve this goal, we support the development and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises that deliver energy products and services to the poor.

Solar panels provide access to electricity to remote communities in rural Africa

GVEP works to provide access to energy where large utilities are slow or unable to reach. We help grow micro, small and medium-sized energy enterprises in poor rural and peri-urban areas, and in turn improve the quality of life for millions of people. We do this by advising businesses and enabling them to secure the financing and resources they require.

We work in East and West Africa and operate from regional offices as well as our London head office. The executive team reports to a distinguished Board of Trustees, comprised of private sector and development experts in renewable energy technology, energy policy, finance and investment.  


The Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) was launched at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. It sought to increase access to modern energy services to reduce poverty in developing countries – this remains our objective today. In 2006, GVEP evolved from its initial partnership between the World Bank, UNDP and three bi-lateral donors to GVEP International, a UK registered charity. Since then our work has helped change the lives of over seven million people by giving them access to clean energy. Read our Annual Review.

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