Gender and Energy Equality, e-Learning Course

Economies are more likely to grow sustainably when men and women fully participate as employees, entrepreneurs, consumers, community stakeholders and leaders. Improved access to energy can improve the quality of women’s and men’s lives in many ways, including time savings due to electrification, lighting for reading and access to entertainment via radios and televisions; and access to new jobs and improved livelihoods through energy services, infrastructure and technologies.


This self-paced course has been developed for social development and energy specialists, policy makers, practitioners, and members of civil society interested in learning about the linkages between gender equality and energy using recent research, data and country level experiences.


Participants can take this course at their own pace either in one sitting or through various sessions. Please expect to spend 3-5 hours to complete the six modules which consist of video presentations, readings, quizzes, and interactive problem-solving exercises.


Course materials can also be downloaded to help deliver trainings or share specific excerpts, case studies, etc. You can also access the course by checking each individual module and going through the specific resources.


The modules cover the following topics:


1)    Overview


  •  Presentation

Module Overview and Talking Points [pdf]

  •  Introductory Video


  •  Reading Materials

        -  Report | Main Messages: Gender and Development WDR 2012 [pdf]

        -  WEB Link | Addressing the Gender Dimension of Energy Projects in Africa

        -  WEB Link | Integrating Gender Considerations into Energy Operations Gender

  •  Case Study

        - Livewire | Improving Gender Equality and Rural Livelihoods in Senegal [pdf]

  •  Resources

        -  Factsheet | World Energy Outlook 2014 [pdf]

        -  WEB Link | Energy 101 Training

        -  WEB Link | ADB Gender and Energy Toolkit: Going beyond the Meter

        -  Background Paper | Social influences on Gender Equity in Access to and Benefit from Energy [pdf]

                                 -  Video | Natural Gas in Colombia


2)     Gender and Energy Access: Household Energy and Rural Electrification


  •  Presentation and Speaking Points

Module Overview and Speaking Points [pdf] 

  •  Introductory Video

-  Video | Sustainable Energy for All

  •  Reading Materials

        -  WEB Link | Household air Pollution and Health

        -  Report | Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions through Women’s Empowerment, Clean Alliance for Cookstoves (pages 6 and 7) [pdf]

        - Resource | Examples of Assessments, Actions, and M&E in the Energy Sector

  •  Resources

       -  WEB Link | Soap operas: A Quilty Pleasure Good for Gender Equality Too!

       -  WEB Link |: What Motivates Women to Buy?

       -  WEB Link |: Promoting Productive Uses of Electricity in Rural Areas of Peru: Experiences and Lessons learned

       -  WEB Link | The Multifunctional Platform, Good Practice Example, UNDP

       -  Report | The Gender-Energy-Poverty Nexus [pdf]

       -  Report | Energy, Poverty and Gender [pdf]

       -  Background Paper |  Social Influences on Gender Equity in Access and Benefits from Energy [pdf]

       -  WEB Link: Smoke: the Killer in the Kitchen| Indoor Air Pollution in Developing Countries. Practical Action

       - Resource | Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions through Women’s Empowerment, Clean Alliance for Cookstoves, 2013 [pdf]

       -  Report | The Impact of Energy on Women’s Lives in Rural India. ESMAP, WB, UNDP 2004 [pdf]

       -  Report | Boiling Point, A Practitioners journal on Household Energy, Stoves and Poverty Reduction. Issue 66,2015 –Women, Energy and Economic Empowerment [pdf]

       - Resource | Building a Safer World: Toolkit for integrating GBV Prevention and Response into USAID Energy and Infrastructure  Projects. 2015 [pdf]

       -  WEB Link: Social Gender Support to Indonesia Clean Stoves Initiatives –Field Notes and Guides, World Bank, ASTAE 2015



3)    Gender and Electricity Infrastructure


  •  Presentation and Speaking Points 

Module Overview and SpeakingPoints [pdf]

  •  Introductory Video

-   Video | Careers for Women in Energy: New Zealand

  •  Reading Materials

       -   Investing in Women’s , Employment, Good for business, Good for development. IFC 2013 Page 12: BOX “Training women to address skills shortages in remote areas” [pdf]

       -   Women’s participation in the Accelerated Growth Program in Brazil. Presentation by Janine Mello at the “Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Infrastructure Projects Latin America and the Caribbean Workshop”, Lima 2009 [pdf]

       -   WEB Link:  Integrating Gender Considerations into Energy Operations. Annex1. Examples of assessments, actions and M&E in the energy sector pages 16/17/18/19. Parts on Small Scale Power Generation: Grid off- Grid and on Large Scale Energy Infrastructure: Generation and Distribution

  •  Case Study

-  Bumbuna Project [pdf]

  •  Resources

       -  WEB Link: Ultimate Facebook Page New Zealand

       -  Women in Power: Illustrates the work of women in the sector (Engineers) and explains different sources of energy [pdf]

       -  Gender in Norway’s Transmission Sector Cooperation in Uganda -  Entry Points, Challenges and Achievements. NORAD,2013.  

       -  Talent at the table: Index of women in power and utilities. 2014 [pdf]



4)   Gender and Clean Energy: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency


  •  Presentation and Speaking Points   

Module overview and speaking points [pdf]

  •  Introductory Video  

-  Video | Solar Sisters Electrify Uganda

  •  Reading Materials

        -  Examples of Assessments, Actions, M&E in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Interventions [pdf]

        -  Renewable Energy: Food processing and preservation techniques in Gambia [pdf]

        -  Women at the Forefront of the Clean Energy Future [pdf]

        -  The Landscape and Way Forward on Gender and Climate Change. GGCA and IUCN 2015. (Chapter 4, Page 202- Gender and Energy) [pdf]

  •  Case Study

Solar Suitcase Project [pdf]

  •  Resources

       -  Video: Solar Warriors of Bhutan

       -  Genero y Energías Renovables: Energía Eolica, Solar, Geotérmica e Hidroeléctrica. IADB 2014. In Spanish. [pdf]

       -  Se4All, “Acting on the Vision” [pdf]

       -  South Africa- Low-income Energy Efficiency Housing Project in Cape Town, Town-Kuyasa Settlement [pdf]

       -  Gender and Climate Change. Capacity Development Series, Asia and the Pacific. Training Module 4, Gender and Energy. UNDP 2013 [pdf]

       -  Innovative Approaches to Energy Access for The Urban Poor. Best Practices from Case Studies in Four Countries.  [pdf]


5)      Gender and Energy policies


  •  Presentation and Speaking Points

Module overview and Speaking Points [pdf]

  •  Reading Materials

       -   WEB Link | “Voz Eléctrica” in República Dominicana

       - Examples of Assessments, Actions and M&E in the energy Sector: General Policy: Tarrifs and Pricing and Power Sector Reform [pdf]

       -  Towards Gender-Informed Energy Subsidy Reforms Findings from Qualitative Studies in Europe and Central Asia. World Bank 2015. [pdf]

  •  Resources

     -   Generating Opportunities. Case Studies on Energy and Women. UNDP 2001. [pdf]

     -   Electricity Reforms, What some countries did right and others can do better. View Point Private Policy for the Private Sector Note 332. IFC-WB. Oct 2012. [pdf]

     -   Power, Gender and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in India, International Institute for Sustainable Development, 2014. [pdf]

     -   WEB LIBK: Rural Electrification in Indondesia and Sri Lanka: From Social Analysis to Reform of the Power Sector. Matly Michel, WB 2005.

     -   Video: Yvette Abraham (GenderCC- Women for Climate Justice and Coordinator of Electricity Governance Initiative in South Africa)

     -   Phasing Out Subsidies: Recent Experiences with Fuel in Developing Countries Robert Bacon and Masami Kojima, WB 2006 [pdf]

     -   WEB Link: Implementing Energy subsidy Reforms: Evidence from Developing Countries. WB 2012

     -   WEB Link: Reforming Energy Subsidies, IMF Policy Advice, 2013

     -   Subsidies in the Energy Sector: An Overview. WB 2010 [pdf]

     -   WEB Link: Web page of the Electricity Governance Initiative


6)    Gender and Energy Tools and Guidance


  •  Presentation and Speaking Points    

                              -   Module Overview and Speaking Points [pdf]

  •  Introductory Video

                               -   Video | Lao PDR: Electricity for All: A Gender Lense

  •  Required Reading

      -   Sample checklist for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Operations. Page 21. Annex 2. [pdf]

      -   Online Resources for Integrating Gender into Energy Operations. Step1: Gender Assessment Resources| Desk Review/Screening [pdf]

      -   Online Resources For Integrating Gender into Energy Operations Step 3: Checklist for Generic Questions on Monitoring Protocol [pdf]

      -  Se4All Global Tracking Framework 2015. Page 54 [pdf]

      -  Online Resources for Integrating Gender for Energy Operations. Step 1. [pdf]

  •  Additional Resources

     -   WEBLink: Gender and Energy Group Community of Practice

     -   WEB Link: ESMAP Gender:  Social Inclusion in the Energy Sector | Online Resources

     -   WEB Link: Gender Assessment Resources | Reviewing and Screening. Country Gender Profiles. Various Countries African Development Bank. 2004-2013

     -  Step2: Project Gender Action Plans ADB. Lessons for achieving Gender Equality and Poverty Reduction Results. [pdf]

     -  Step 3 and 4: Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Gender Goals [pdf]

     -  WEB Link: More resources can be found among the ESMAP Gender, Social Inclusion in the Energy Sector Publications, in the section “Guidance Notes and Toolkits on Gender and Energy”

     -  Sustainable Energy for all: The Gender Dimensions, Guidance Note. UN Women and UNIDO, 2013. [pdf]

     -  WEB Link: Gender and Energy Toolkit: Going beyond the meter, ADB, 2012

     -  Mainstreaming Gender in Energy Projects: A Practical Handbook, ENERGIA, 2011 [pdf]

     -  WEB Link: Gender and Energy for Sustainable Development | A Toolkit and Resource Guide. UNDP 2004.

     -  WEB Link: Online Library of Publications, Guides and Resources on Gender and Energy

  •  Case Study

                              -  Power to the Poor [pdf]

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