This toolkit and resource guide has been produced jointly by the Sustainable Energy Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and ENERGIA, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. It is designed to help planners and practitioners integrate gender and energy considerations into development programmes, including those focusing on energy improvements as well as other types of development programmes.
In many parts of the world, overall socio-economic development is limited by the lack of availability of modern energy services such as lighting, cooking and heating, refrigeration, pumping, transportation, and communications. The lack of access to energy services is known as “energy poverty,” a condition that often has disproportionate effects on women and girls.
This toolkit and resource guide outlines the linkages between gender and energy in the context of sustainable development and provides suggestions and materials on how to address energy poverty by integrating gender and energy sensitivity into development programmes, projects, and policies.