The project

Project Title Fostering international partnerships between companies and/or institutions operating in the energy and environment sectors
Target Countries Republic of Botswana; Republic of Cuba; Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Republic of Kazakhstan; Republic of Kenya; Kingdom of Morocco; Republic of Peru
Donor Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition
Implementing Agency UNIDO ITPO Italy
Local Counterparts
  • Republic of Botswana: Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism
  • Republic of Cuba: Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  • Republic of Kazakhstan: Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Investments and Development
  • Republic of Kenya: Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Mining and Petroleum
  • Kingdom of Morocco: Ministry of Environment
  • Republic of Peru: Ministry of Environment

Objective & Impact

The project aims to support commercialization and scale-up of sustainable energy and environmental technologies and projects in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) among the partner countries and Italy through the promotion of investment and trade. 

This will be achieved by mentoring businesses and projects, helping them build capacity and facilitating access to financing. The services offered will be tailored to specific markets and open avenues for SMEs to grow and upscale. At the same time, UNIDO will work with its partners to establish and strengthen markets. The market intelligence gathered together with regional or global best practices and norms informs the shaping of the demand and market pull. This, in turn, will create demand for technology facilitation, innovation, commercialization, entrepreneurship and upscaling. 

Cleantech SMEs will be provided with the opportunity to contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy and benefit from economic opportunities in the sector.



Global Clean Tech Innovation Programme (GCIP)

GCIP supports the shift towards a low carbon economy, by engaging directly with cleantech-based start-ups and SMEs in developing countries, and support their transformation into fast-growing, scalable, and investible business.


Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)

It is a multilateral public-private partnership launched by the Climate Technology Initiative and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It identifies and nurtures promising, innovative projects of clean and renewable energy by bridging the gap between investors, clean-energy entrepreneurs and project developers.