Date:October 08, 2014

Gender and Energy Research Programme


The International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, ENERGIA, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) have signed an agreement to advance knowledge and awareness regarding the impact of energy access—or the lack thereof—on women and girls.

The research programme aims at collecting and analysing empirical evidence on the impact on women and girls of a lack of energy access and then to translate this evidence into energy policy and project recommendations. There will be five focus areas: electrification through grid and decentralised systems; productive uses of energy; the political economy of energy sector dynamics; energy sector reform; and the role of the private sector in scaling up energy access.

Each research area will provide responses to key questions such as: ‘What are the impacts on women and girls of access to electricity?’; ‘Does a gendered approach provide greater empowerment to women and girls than traditional approaches in the energy sector?’; ‘Does energy access for women’s enterprises have a positive impact on poverty reduction?’; ‘Are women disproportionally disadvantaged relative to men by energy sector reforms?’; and ‘Which business models for increasing energy access contribute most to women’s empowerment?’.

ENERGIA and DFID expect the results of this study to contribute to more effective policy and project interventions related to energy access, as well as to women’s empowerment and gender equity.

The international Secretariat is hosted by ETC Foundation,

Countries / Countries
Duration of project 5 years, 2014-2019
Client / partner
Donor UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Contact person (within ETC) Annemarije Kooijman