IDS Bulletin 51.1

Gender and Energy: Opportunities for All

Published on 20 February 2020

The global drive to provide universal access to sustainable and modern energy by 2030 is creating numerous opportunities for energy users and suppliers. However, men and women do not benefit equally from these opportunities. Women’s contribution to energy planning, supply, and policymaking is limited, as the energy sector is heavily dominated by men.

Gender and Energy: Opportunities for All
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Therefore, universal energy access cannot be achieved without women being able to use the modern energy services they need. Despite these stark gender differences in the energy sector, there has been a lack of evidence to inform more equitable policymaking. This issue of the IDS Bulletin aims to fill some of these evidence gaps through five original papers, produced as part of ENERGIA’s Gender and Energy Research Programme. Carrying out research in 12 countries in Africa and Asia, the programme delivered nine studies on gender and energy under the following thematic areas: electrification, productive use of energy, energy sector policy dynamics, energy subsidy reform, the role of the private sector in scaling up energy access, gender mainstreaming approaches, and global trends in gender and energy.

The IDS Bulletin issue starts with an article that identifies global trends that could help catalyse the closing of energy access gaps around the world and shows how these trends relate to gender inequality. Three further articles go on to discuss gender and entrepreneurship, reinforcing the argument that women’s engagement in the energy sector can improve access and distribution of energy for those most underserved. The final article highlights wider findings and policy implications from the nine research projects of ENERGIA’s Gender and Energy Research Programme.

Table of contents

Introduction: Gender and Energy – Opportunities for All
Ana Pueyo

Global Trends Impacting Gender Equality in Energy Access
Rebecca Pearl-Martinez

Strengthening the Women’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem within the Energy Sector
Anita Shankar, Amanda B. Elam, Allie Glinski

Gender and Entrepreneurship in the Renewable Energy Sector of Rwanda
Manuel Barron, Rowan Philip Clarke, Amanda B. Elam, Rebecca A. Klege, Anita Shankar, Martine Visser

Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship in Distribution of Energy Technologies: Lessons from ENERGIA’s WEE Programme
Soma Dutta

ENERGIA’s Gender and Energy Research Programme: Findings and Experience from Research for Policy
Annemarije Kooijman-van Dijk

Notes on Contributors: Gender and Energy: Opportunities for All
Ana Pueyo

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Pueyo, A. and Maestre, M. (2020) Gender and Energy: Opportunities for All, IDS Bulletin 51.1, Brighton: IDS

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