GET FiT Uganda Governance Structure
The governance structure of GET FiT is illustrated in Figure 4. As indicated here, underpinning this structure is the delegated authority given to KfW by GoU regarding all aspects of implementation of the Program. This ensures that KfW can run the tender process, sign the required agreements, manage funding commitments and disbursements from development partners and generally promote the Program. KfW is implementing GET FiT together with ERA, ensuring policy-conformity and consistent implementation of the Program.
Figure 4: The governance structure of GET FiT is designed to ensure a fair tender/proposal process,
thorough selection, high quality follow-up and efficient monitoring of approved projects
The main governing body of the GET FiT Program is the Steering Committee, which comprises of one representative from each development partner and two representatives from the Government of Uganda (Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED)). KfW, the World Bank, ERA and the GET FiT Secretariat have non-voting representation. The Steering Committee has the responsibility for determining all policy-related principles of the GET FiT Program, which includes amendments or changes to guidelines on all operational levels of the facility.
Table 1: Steering committee members, facilitators and observers of the GET FiT Program
The Investment Committee, consisting of seven international (renewable) energy sector and infrastructure investment experts, is the body in charge of the final appraisal and investment decision for projects applying under the GET FiT Program. Additionally, the Investment Committee makes proposals for changes and adaptions of GET FiT policies and guidelines for the consideration of the Steering Committee.
The Secretariat is tasked with day-to-day management, coordination and supervision of the Program’s implementation. The Secretariat facilitates meeting points for relevant stakeholders, ensures smooth and timely running of the RfPs and subsequent appraisals and IC meetings, maintains a dialogue with developers, coordinates the Technical Assistance Facility, and follows up on action points from GoU, KfW, the SC and IC.
The Implementation Consultant namely Multiconsult of Norway, manages the day-to-day business of the Secretariat, performs independent appraisals during the RfP process, carries out supervision of the individual projects, assists KfW in managing actual and projected disbursements and cash balances, and provides regular reporting upon Program implementation.
The GET FiT project cycle is as illustrated by Figure 5. The selection of renewable energy projects to be considered for support by the GET FiT Premium Payment Mechanism and the GET FiT Solar Facility follows an open and transparent RfP. Projects need to be sufficiently advanced in project preparation (e.g. feasibility (pre-feasibility for solar), Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (screening for solar), Resettlement Action Plan, interconnection study concluded) to be eligible to apply. Projects have to demonstrate that they
- are financially and economically sustainable,
- technically sound,
- developed by a developer/sponsor with a reliable project record and
- comply with International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability (2012).
In addition, a comprehensive legal due diligence is performed. Project Proposals under the GET FiT Program are appraised by the Implementation Consultant. Support under GET FiT is provided on a competitive, first-come-first-serve basis until funds are exhausted.
Figure 5: The GET FiT Project Cycle aims to efficiently bring projects from approval to operation, by providing
a streamlined and transparent process with a set of distinct milestones.