Series - UNDP/World Bank Energy Sector Programs management and donor coordination

Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - Belgium - Correspondence Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - Cofinancing - Correspondence Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - The Netherlands - Correspondence Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - International Labour Office [ILO] ... Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - Germany - Gesellschaft fuer Techni... Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - France - Correspondence Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - Canada - Canadian International De... Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - Canada - Canadian International De... Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - Belgium (EEC) - Correspondence Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors -African Development Bank - Correspo... Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - Asian Development Bank - Correspon... Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme [ESMAP] Donors - Australia - Correspondence

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UNDP/World Bank Energy Sector Programs management and donor coordination


  • 1981 - 2005 (predominant 1983 - 1997) (Creation)

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18.36 linear feet of textual records

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A portion of the joint United Nations Development Programme / World Bank Energy Sector Program donor records were transferred to the World Bank Group Archives by the ESMAP Strategy and Programs Division (ESMPD) in 1992. Other records were sent to the Archives by the Bank's responsible energy sector units in multiple transfers between 1995 and 2011 in accordance with approved records retention and disposition schedules.

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Series consists of records related to the management of the joint United Nations Development Programme / World Bank Energy Sector Assessment Program (EAP) and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). The Bank's Energy Department (EGY) was the executing agency of both the EAP technical assistance program (in existence from 1980 to 1987) and ESMAP, created in April 1983 as a companion to EAP to follow up on energy assessments. Records in the series were created by the Office of the Energy Director (EGYDR) and Office of the ESMAP Manager (ESMMR), positions that were merged after the January 1993 reorganization. Records in the series were also maintained by EGY divisions and successor units. The body of records reflects liaison activities with EAP and ESMAP cosponsor UNDP, organization of ESMAP donor annual meetings, donor coordination, fundraising, and ESMAP governance.

Donor coordination

A substantial portion of records in the series concerns relations with donors, financial contributions, and cofinancing (1981 - 1997) for EAP and ESMAP activities. Donor files represent the energy units' liaison with government development agencies of Australia, Austria, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Multilateral donor coordination files include African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Commission of European Communities (EEC), International Labor Organization, and Nordic Development Bank. A small set of records (1994 - 2005) related to the management of ESMAP trust funds indicate the trust fund number and/or Bank project number and are organized by government donor, then name of the specific ESMAP project financed.

Internal memoranda are primarily between the Bank's energy divisions (Energy Strategy and Pre-Investment Division II [EGYS2], successor Energy Efficiency and Strategy Unit [IENEE] and others) and include Terms of Reference (TORs) and back-to-office reports (BTORs) of donor visits and consultations, summaries of meetings, discussions about financing and cofinancing, funding allotments, proposals for activities, eligible countries for cofinancing, and other matters. Letters and cables between EGY and donors communicate contribution amounts, lists of activities financed or cofinanced, special assignment agreements, recruitment of staff and consultants, and other administrative matters. Other records are occasionally attached to the correspondence including: ESMAP project reports such as Activity Initiation Briefs (AIBs), assessment aide-memoires, financial data tables, project proposals, meeting agenda, Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Agreement drafts or copies, externally printed material of donor organizations, and reports dating from 1981.

There are also several general donor files (1983 - 1992) and individual files regarding cofinancing (1983 - 1987), Consultants Trust Funds Program (1990 - 1991), ESMAP Financial Committee (1992), Energy Education Donors Conference in Cote d'Ivoire (1990) and Energy Research Donors Meeting (1990).

Liaison and coordination with UNDP

Records in the series also reflect coordination with EAP and ESMAP cosponsor, UNDP through the UNDP Division for Global and Interregional Projects and UNDP regional offices (1984 - 1996). Letters and facsimiles between UNDP and the Energy Assessment Division (EGYEA), later Office of the ESMAP Manager (ESMMR) and other successors, cover various management issues of the joint energy programs, such as the distribution of reports, recruitment of personnel, work program and financial support of ESMAP activities, ESMAP country studies, discussion of bilateral donor contributions, and support of the ESMAP governance bodies. Internal memoranda include summaries of meetings and joint UNDP and donor meetings, BTORs, and ex-post evaluation. Records filed with the correspondence are project proposals and reports, task descriptions, draft MOUs, financial reports, and other items.

Annual ESMAPmeeting coordination

Records also relate to the organization of ESMAP annual consultative meetings (1987 - 1991) that were mostly created by the Energy Strategy, Management and Assessment Division, Industry and Energy Department (IENES) donor relations manager and IEN Director's Office. Included are: draft and final summary of proceedings sent by the director to IEN staff; statements by IEN and UNDP directors; transcripts and aide-memoires for certain meetings; invitations and post-meeting follow up letters to donors and recipient representatives sent by the IEN director; letters, facsimiles, telexes regarding responses of invitees and administrative arrangements for meetings; provisional and final list of participants and agenda; background discussion reports (some authored by UNDP); and internal memoranda in the form of BTORs outlining donor relations manager and IEN senior management missions to ESMAP donor countries and multilateral donors. Other memoranda from IENES donor relations manager to IEN divisions and UNDP outline discussions with donors and multilateral meetings.

The series also contains records related to the ESMAP in the Nineties Commission set up in 1990 and the subsequent formation of a structured governance body in the form of the ESMAP Consultative Group (CG) and the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) in 1991. Files include agenda and minutes of the first meeting of the commission in May 1990 as well as position papers, background material on work program and donors, proposal for the committee, and internal memoranda. Memoranda concerns internal and external peer review, nominations of the Natural Gas Development Unit (IENGU) chief for individuals to serve on the panel, notes for a second commission meeting prepared by IENEE, and meeting preparations.

ESMAP governance relations

ESMAP CG and TAG meeting records were maintained by the executive secretary for the ESMAP secretariat, former donor relations manager, until around 1992 when the executive secretary position was eliminated. They were also kept by ESMAP manager and IEN Office of the Director. CG records (1991 - 1996) include letters of invitation from CG Chair and Vice President V. Rajagopalan and responses with discussion of agenda, reports distributed for meetings, agenda, list of participants, minutes, transcripts, and communiques distributed to ESMAP staff. Technical Advisory Group records (1991 - 1992) relate to planning the inaugural TAG meeting in July 1991 and subsequent meetings and contain draft and final Terms of Referencefor TAG, list of members, agenda, position descriptions, a briefing note on the genesis of ESMAP, and letters from the CG Chair, FDPVP to TAG members with attached meeting documents and pre-meeting notes, and letters from ESMAP Manager, later IEN Director Richard D. Stern regarding involvement in ESMAP activities. Internal memoranda, mostly between Finance and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency (FPD) and IEN, covers topics such as the status of implementation of the commission's recommendations, meeting arrangements, and TAG membership with attached biographical notes and curriculum vitae.

Reports and other program management records

The series also contains a set of ESMAP Annual Reports (1987 - 1997), audit report with related correspondence (1992), evaluation report jointly authored by the governments of Canada and the Netherlands (1988), commission report on ESMAP (1990), and periodic Information and Status Reports (1987 - 1990) that describe current and prospective activities and priorities and provide statistical data.

The series also contains a set of various reports (1984 - 2002) likely collected for reference, including: proceedings and reports of ESMAP workshops and seminars and jointly organized workshops between ESMAP, sector and regional units; final and draft ESMAP country proposal numbered reports; ESMAP technical working papers; Energy Development Information Note reports; Board reports; regional sector unit reports; internal discussion papers on financial and trust fund matters; meeting files; external reports; and reprint of the 1960 International Development Association (IDA) Articles of the Agreement.

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Further accruals may be expected.

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Original order has been maintained. Most records are arranged alphabetically by country or partner organization.

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Records are subject to the World Bank Access to Information Policy.

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Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

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  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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Related units of description

  • See Records of the Energy Sector - Governance, management and oversight (WB IBRD/IDA ENGY-05) for related records of IEN and ESMAP work program and budget planning and reorganizations.

  • See Records of the Energy Sector - Operational support and ESMAP project management (WB IBRD/IDA ENGY-03) for records related to the Energy Department units' support to Bank lending and ESMAP project implementation. Records concerning project management liaison with ESMAP co-sponsor UNDP are also found in this series.

  • See Records of the Energy Sector - Liaison, partnerships, and program collaboration (WB IBRD/IDA ENGY-06) for more records regarding liaison and collaboration with UNDP and other external organizations including the Canadian International DevelopmentAgency (CIDA) as well as trust funded activities outside of ESMAP.

  • See Records of the Energy Sector - Chronological files (WB IBRD/IDA ENGY-02) for related correspondence regarding relations with UNDP and donors, as well as ESMAP activities.

  • See Records of the Records of the Chief Financial Officer WB IBRD/IDA CFO for records related to Bank-wide policy and support for maintaining trust fund accounts.

  • See Resource Mobilization (WB IBRD/IDA CFOP) for records concerning Bank-wide policy and support for cofinancing and trust fund program management.

  • See Documents and Reports, the World Bank Group's repository of publicly available reports for digitized copies of ESMAP Annual Reports, Information and Status Reports, and other technical reports. The digitized version of "ESMAP in the nineteen-nineties : the findings of the commission to review ESMAP" is also available here.

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2 November 2021




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