Background and Rationale

Training is conceived as a means of adaptation and development by increasing the skills of employees. In all coies today, it is a key factor in economic and social development. It is in recognition of this that the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA) initiated the African Network of Centers of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE) project to address the capacity building needs of electricity sector actors in Africa. This initiative is supported by the African Development Bank, in collaboration with the French Development Agency. ANCEE was officially established on 12 December 2013 by Resolution-2 adopted at the 47th APUA General Assembly.

Training being the driver of continuous development is an effective tool to strengthen human capital and improve the performance of companies. In this context, it is essential that power utilities make financial efforts to improve employee efficiency.

Since its creation, ANCEE has supported power utilities in implementing their training plans through the award of scholarships (financed with AfDB and AFD funds). Today, to ensure better involvement of project beneficiaries in improving the sector's skills and to ensure the sustainability of the ANCEE project, the network has reviewed its strategic approach: part of the donor funds initially intended for scholarship funding will now be used to subsidize paid training, the cost of which will be partially covered by the client company.

Overall Objective:

Inform the members of ANCEE Steering Committee and African power utilities that are direct or indirect members of APUA to take ownership of the new ANCEE approach to financing of training.

Specific Objectives

- Impact the training policies of African power sector companies

o   Vocational and technical training

- Develop exchanges and skills transfers by:

o   South-South partnerships;

o   Facilitate financial investments in the sector;

- Make ANCEE a qualitative vehicle for professional capacity building in Africa and around the world by:

o   The implementation of certified training courses;

o   Impacting the performance of African power utilities

o   Identify the priority needs of companies

o   Anticipate the reaction of companies to technological and economic changes

- Become in the long-term:

o   A valuable integration means

o    An internationally recognized training institute

Expected Outcomes 

- The members of ANCEE Steering Committee and African power utilities are informed and made aware of the new ANCEE approach to financing of training.

-Exchanges and transfers of skills are developed:

o   South-South partnerships are established

o   Financial investments in the sector are facilitated;

-ANCEE will become a qualitative tool for professional capacity building in Africa by:

o   Labelled training courses are recognized

o   The performance of African power utilities is impacted

o   The priority needs of companies are identified

o   The reaction of companies to technological and economic changes is anticipated and integrated

-Become in the long-term:

o   A valuable integration tool with proven comparative advantages

o   A vibrant network of centers of excellence operating to international standards and best practices in the field.

Population concerned

This capacity building support is intended for all companies and organizations involved in the electricity sector in Africa.

ANCEE Grant Mechanism


EC 1


EC 2


Contribution of the power utilities from their training budget

Up to 75%

Up to 50%





-       33% Gender

-       20% energy transition (ENR, EE, smart grid)

This mechanism will be broken down as follows:

- Face-to-face training (learner travel):

-       Non-fragile Company à 25% of the amount of subsidized training that will be paid by ANCEE after the electricity company's contribution.

-       Fragile Company (AfDB list of Fragile States) à 50% of the amount of the subsidized training under the same conditions as above.

- In-situ training (trainer travel):

ANCEE covers the entire invoice for the center of excellence (on-site trainer's man-days), the company finances the travel and logistics on site for the organization of the training.

In both cases above, training requests must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:

-       20% of the training provided should be for modules related to the energy transition (ENR, smart, mini-grids, etc.)

-       33% of training should be for women

Exceptional waiver:

Possibility, on a case-by-case basis, to finance all the training requested by a company if: (i) it makes a request and justifies a particularly difficult context (economic, environmental, security crisis, etc.), (ii) if the donors (for the part of the funds that concerns them) and APUA give their agreement on the request for 100% of the amount of the subsidized training.

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