Dr. Joy Clancy – Associate Professor, CSTM, University of Twente – is presenting a series of online microlectures about the concepts of gender and its use for energy planners.
Episode 1: What is Gender
SCODE, Kenya: Gender mainstreaming improved cookstove program
As part “Gender Mainstreaming into Energy Access Projects and Markets” strategy, ENERGIA provided technical and financial assistance to mainstream gender approaches in SCODE’s Clean Household Energy Dissemination and Enterprise Development (CHEDED) project. This project had the goal of improving the livelihoods of people in Kenya by supporting the adoption of appropriate clean energy products and services that would be used for domestic and commercial purposes.
ENERGIA: Gender in energy projects – Stories of change
In 2007 ENERGIA started to mainstream gender in seven energy projects. The projects varied from rural electrification programs to biogas to cookstove projects. Some were household energy projects, others also had a strong focus on energy entrepreneurship. The countries we worked in were Botswana, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. This video gives an impression of the work done and explains the methodology that was developed to mainstream gender in energy projects.
ESMAP: Energy to change women’s lives in Africa
Cleaner cook stoves and rural electrification are all part of energy projects in Senegal that include women in the decision-making process, helping them improve their lives and the prosperity of their families. This video was produced by the World Bank’s Africa Energy team and showcases how integrating gender into energy planning and project design can lead to results on the ground, as it has in Senegal’s Sustainable and Participatory Energy Management Project – PROGEDE.
Helen Clark: How access to basic energy can transform women’s lives
What does it mean to be a woman in a place without energy? In this video, Helen Clark describes how access to basic energy can transform lives. Helen Clark is the Administrator of the UN Development Programme and serves as a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All.
ENERGIA’s approach to gender mainstreaming in energy projects
At the December 2011 ENERGIA International Conference, Soma Dutta presents ENERGIA’s methodology for mainstreaming gender in energy projects. Attention to gender issues in energy projects can improve development effectiveness and improve project efficiency. In practice, however, few mainstream energy projects mainstream gender systematically. Since 2007, ENERGIA has been assisting 19 energy (and environment) projects to mainstream gender. This video presents some of the outcomes and impacts of this work.
Barefoot College: The rural women solar engineers of Africa
Since 2005 more than 140 women from Africa, many of them grandmothers, almost all of them illiterate, have trained at the Barefoot College in India. In six months, these women learned how to fabricate, install and maintain solar-powered household lighting systems, and have become Barefoot Solar Engineers transforming the lives of over 2,000 families in the first self-sufficient and self-reliant, solar-electrified villages in Africa. The Barefoot Approach has reached remote, poor, rural villages in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Women who had never left their villages before their training in India have now solar electrified their own villages.
Lao PDR: Electricity for All – A gender lens
Power to the Poor (P2P) provides support to poor and women-headed households that are unable to finance the initial cost of connection to the power grid. The P2P scheme, part of a project supported by the World Bank, was piloted in the southern provinces of Lao PDR and in less than 18 months of its inception, almost 10,000 additional households were connected to the grid. The results demonstrate how much more successful a project can be when it mainstreams gender sensitivity in the project design and at implementation.
Cambodia: The Neang Kongrey Cookstove Initiative
In the village of Bhanh Skhhoul a group of Cambodian women are pioneering the production and sale of the Neang Kongrey cookstove. By building on past traditions the project is helping to not only economically empower local women but also to provide the country with cleaner, more efficient cooking technology. Technology that is simple, appropriate and accessible to all Cambodian people, offering them a better quality of life now, and into the future. The World Bank has supported this project in cooperation with the NGO, Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités (GERES).
Clean Energy Saving and Brightening Lives In Mali
Mali’s Renewable Energy Program, supported by the World Bank, is working to provide more energy, while safeguarding the environment by using renewable sources. Afforestation, production and promotion of improved cook stoves and provision of solar energy are activities taking place under the Renewable Energy Program in Mali, providing men and women with access to safer and cleaner energy services.