Gender in energy projects
This is a new strategy for ENERGIA, which started in 2007. The strategy aims to produce a body of first-hand experiences that show the positive impacts energy access projects/markets have on the livelihoods of poor men and women. The outcomes of these projects will be used to exemplify how such impacts could be multiplied.
The main approach that ENERGIA has followed under this strategy is that of publishing a call for project proposals in May 2008 to mainstream gender approaches into existing energy projects. Several proposals were received, out of which seven were contracted. The seven energy projects we are now working with on gender mainstreaming vary from rural electrification programs to biogas to cook stove projects. Some are household energy projects, others also have a strong focus on energy entrepreneurship. The countries we work in are Botswana, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.
In 2009, two regional workshops were held in Asia and Africa for the energy practitioners who will work within the partner organisations on gender mainstreaming these projects. The workshops aimed at building capacities, as well as linking and learning between participants. To guide the gender mainstreaming activities, a draft handbook with gender mainstreaming tools and methodologies has been developed and shared with our project partners.
More about the projects
ENERGIA started mainstreaming gender into two ETC Energy Access Programme (EASE) projects in Uganda and Vietnam. In Vietnam the focus of activities was on a biogas programme and included a gender baseline survey to identify gender needs for biogas and improved cook stove technologies. In the Uganda GTZ-funded Energy Advisory Project/Rural Electrification with Renewable Energies (EAP/RERE) the following activities were carried out:
- gender training & coaching to 31 solar PV suppliers, field support officers, MFI loan officers and technicians; and
- inclusion of gender in loan and business documents, promotion material and radio broadcasts.
The gender-sensitive interventions supported by the ENERGIA network in the EAP/RERE project in Uganda have led to an increase in sales. This resulted from more effective ways of dealing with sales and marketing through applying gender skills.