Green People's Energy for Africa - Knowledge Hub - Gender

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Green People's Energy for Africa
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Green People's Energy tailors its measures to account for the disparity between genders in terms of access to energy and education. The initiative is designed to actively incorporate women's views, everyday challenges and ways of life into energy access programmes.

I. Overview

Energy poverty affects women and men differently. Due to socio-cultural norms and traditional male-dominated structures, women in Sub-Saharan Africa lack the skills, knowledge, decision-making power and/or financial means to access energy. In the energy sector, women are underrepresented as politicians, managers, entrepreneurs, technicians and as direct users of energy appliances. A 2019 IRENA report describes how lack of access to training and skills development is the biggest challenge to women’s participation in the off-grid energy sector. To reach more women with energy projects, ensure women benefit and contribute to transformative change, special efforts need to be made.

Green People’s Energy for Africa is dedicated to promoting women in all training and business development activities – to promote equal economic and social rights and empower girls and women through education, access to energy appliances and income opportunities.

In its technical training and business development activities in the field of renewable energy, Green People’s Energy is committed to:

  • Training female technicians, professionals, and users of decentralized renewable energy
  • Advancing women’s roles and improving their socio-economic position, e.g., by supporting value chains centred around women
  • Offering business development measures and training, that respond to the needs of female entrepreneurs
  • Cooperating with strong implementing partners (e.g., training institutes) or women’s NGO’s to find holistic approaches that respect both women and men’s needs
  • Following a multi-level approach for strengthening the role of women on the micro and meso levels, e.g., supporting female entrepreneurs and female representation in energy ministries

II. Case Studies

The impact of including a gender perspective into energy interventions is highlighted in the case studies and factsheets below. They underline how training women in the energy sector and energy access in general can have a positive impact on women's wellbeing and gender equality.

Case Studies

Small Projects Fund

III. Publications

The GBE Thematic Knowledge Products are designed to share the knowledge and learnings about the topics gathered during the implementation and to make them accessible for practitioners. The following knowledge products outline the latest approches to PUE projects at the time of project implementation as well as learnings and recommendations from the GBE projects.

This knowledge product focuses on empowering women in the energy sector. After a literature review, four case studies from the GBE programme with a gender focus are showcased and key findings presented.

IV. Countries

Blue flags show the location of the relevant Small Projects Fund projects. The relevant case studies can be seen by hovering over the green highlighted countries.
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