If a girl has a light to read or to study at night, the chances that she will finish school are greater. Studies show that access to electricity and other forms of energy in households have a positive impact on women’s welfare in general. At the same time, evidence shows that the availability of the same energy services has different outcomes for men and for women. Research is needed to create an evidence base that will inform policy and practice in order that a fresh gender-based approach to energy interventions can be taken.
ENERGIA intends to contribute to creating this evidence base to influence policy through our UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded Gender and Energy Research Programme.