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. This arised from urgency to fill the gap caused by both a lack of attention to and knowledge of gender issues in the energy sector and uncertainties about how to concretely identify and implement gender-responsive policies and practice. Indeed, ENERGIA’s experience and literature review showcased that most energy projects and policies were gender-blind and failed to recognize different energy needs and uses between men and women. This fueled gender norms and the exclusion of women in planning and implementation, beyond being a missed opportunity to promote women’s empowerment and enhance the effectiveness of energy projects and programs.
So, one aspect of the TIE-ENERGIA project was to work on training material on gender and energy for policymakers and practitioners. This culminated in the publication of five generic and one complementary training packages in English and French, “The Gender Face of Energy”, which included gender-aware tools and techniques, specifically designed for use by planners, policymakers and project implementers in the energy sector.
The packages comprehended training guides, case studies and interactive examples, including: