Gender and Social Inclusion in development projects
International Women’s Day presents a good opportunity to reiterate our commitment to gender equality and the advancement of women in all economic sectors. As a company, we are lucky to count many talented, highly knowledgeable women amongst our staff and management team!
Furthermore, we have developed strong experience in the topic of Gender and Social Inclusion in development projects related to the energy and climate sectors over the last 5 years. A few examples of our work in this field:
- In the context of support provided by the AFD – Agence Française de Développement to the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA), Econoler conducted a project to elaborate gender-sensitive tools and methodologies to help municipalities and other actors identify, prepare, implement, as well as monitor and evaluate urban public lighting projects. A user guide summarizing our recommendations is available here.
- In the framework of its Energy2Equal program, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group contracted Econoler to conduct research across Sub Saharan Africa to analyze and demonstrate the business case for closing gender gaps in the renewable energy (RE) private sector. This work provided IFC with not only valuable primary sex-disaggregated data on the RE workforce in SSA, but also implementable recommendations for enhancing the engagement of women across energy source sectors and the RE value chain.
- In the Pacific Region, Econoler developed the Pacific Energy and Gender Strategic Action Plan (PEGSAP) for 2020-2030 for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. The Action Plan seeks to increase women’s participation in the energy employment market as entrepreneurs, tradespeople and professionals. Under this project Econoler conducted a gender-based assessment in a representative sample of six Pacific Island Countries (PICs) representing all sub-regions: Melanesia (Fiji, the Solomon Islands), Polynesia (Samoa, Tuvalu), and Micronesia (Kiribati and RMI).