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Turning Information into Empowerment: Strengthening Gender and Energy networking in Africa (TIE-ENERGIA)

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This project works to ensure that gender is integrated into energy issues in Africa by strengthening the human and institutional capacity within and beyond the Africa Gender and Energy Network, which is part of the ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. The main objectives are: - to create a critical mass of gender-sensitive women and men who would engage in changing policies, programmes and practices that affect women's energy choices - to increase awareness, knowledge and skills of a selected group of development practitioners to integrate gender and energy concerns into sustainable development and poverty reduction programmes - to identify gender gaps in energy-poverty policies and make gender and energy issues visible to a wide audience, thereby supporting national and international networking and advocacy initiatives to influence energy policies and programmes.


  • Gender and energy training packages in English and French
  • 24 trainers with capacity to develop and deliver training on energy, poverty and gender issues in Africa
  • 180 development practitioners capable of integrating gender into energy issues
  • 3 Reports on gender audits in three African countries (Botswana, Senegal and Kenya) with recommendations for engendering policy and practice.
  • 3 sets of country level Action plans on mainstreaming gender at institutional, strategy and activity level in order to contribute to gender responsive policies and programmes

Lessons learned

  • There is a real demand in the target countries to learn how to mainstream gender in energy policies and projects so as to achieve sustainable development commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Lack of knowledge of practical tools and strategies for mainstreaming gender in energy policies and projects, limits links between gender experts and energy experts is very limited
  • Capacity to mainstream gender in energy policy and project planning or mainstreaming energy in gender related policies and projects is limited and substantial backstopping needed

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ETC FoundationNetherlands
Eco LtdUnited Kingdom


ETC Foundation
Contact point: 
0031-33 432 6027


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01/01/2005 to 30/06/2007
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