Month: October 2021
Training gender-energy practitioners and policymakers
During Phase 4, ENERGIA strengthened our advocacy capacity by working on two fronts:
1. By improving the advocacy skills and knowledge of network members and partners to influence social change.
2. By supporting national policy makers, stakeholders and other organisations to identify gender gaps in their projects and programs, and enforce gender-sensitive policies.
Building an evidence base to support specific policy recommendations
ENERGIA strengthened research efforts with the aim to deepen the understanding and knowledge of the interlinkages between gender and energy, as well as to show how these objectives serve other goals, such as empowerment, poverty reduction, security, education and environmental protection.
Prioritizing networking and engagement
ENERGIA has always believed in the importance of creating a strong network that shares the same mission and values, in order to increase the effectiveness and impact of our actions and to voice our messages more broadly. At this time, ENERGIA Network was comprised of national networks in 22 countries (9 in Asia and 13 in Africa).
Building awareness: Sharing resources and experiences
We continued to use awareness-raising as one of our main strategies for influencing stakeholders, practitioners, policy- and decision-makers and experts working in the energy sector. ENERGIA developed knowledge products, such as handbooks and manuals, and published publications on gender and energy, including our flagship publication, ENERGIA News.
Turning Information into Empowerment: Strengthening Gender and Energy Networking in Africa” (TIE-ENERGIA) project
The “Turning Information into Empowerment: Strengthening Gender and Energy Networking in Africa” (TIE-ENERGIA) project, launched in January 2005 with co-funding from the Directorate General of International Co-operation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), was implemented across twelve countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to generate strategies and tools to mainstream gender in energy policies and projects.
ENERGIA/DFID-KaR Research project
In collaboration with the UK Department of International Development Knowledge and Research program (DFID-KaR), ENERGIA developed a number of case studies to fill the data gap. The research was used and referred to in the Chair’s Summary of Parts 1 and 2 of CSD-14 and in the outputs of the Expert Committee to formulate Energy Policy, Planning Commission of India (Power & Energy Division). This represented one of the first attempts to build collaborative research between energy and gender experts.
Building cross-sector partnerships to scale action on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
ENERGIA’s work highlighted the urgency to link gender and energy access with other cross-sectoral objectives, such as poverty, education and environmental sustainability. Collaboration with partners and research institutions enhanced opportunities to raise awareness of the ways that energy and gender-sensitive policies can serve the achievement of multiple Millennium Development Goals. This awareness resulted in ENERGIA’s advocacy efforts to include energy in the next Sustainable Development Goals (The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development).
Understanding that evidence is crucial to informing key decision-makers
Policy makers needed gender-disaggregated evidence and data to assess the situation and develop efficient, appropriate and equal policies that leave no one behind. At the time, and still today, the lack of data on gender and energy and its interlinkages remained the major obstacle to making energy projects and programs more gender-responsive and sensitive.
Influencing decision-making through meeting and workshop participation
Women continued to be underrepresented in energy discussions and excluded from decision-making processes. One of the essential requirements for empowering women was to mainstream gender into the policies and programs of institutions engaged in the energy sector and to give a seat to organisations representing women and women themselves.
Using gender audits to modernize energy policy
Gender audits provided in-depth analysis of energy planning, budgets and the institutional capacity of ministries to implement gender-mainstreaming strategies. These audits were carried out under the ‘Turning Information into Empowerment: Strengthening Gender and Energy Networking in Africa (TIE-ENERGIA)’ project implemented within the framework of ENERGIA Africa, with co-funding from the European Union, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS).
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