Sub-Saharan Africa

Gender Inclusion in the Elaboration of Urban Public Lighting Projects

SECTOR : , Public


Agence Française de Développement (AFD)




Description of Project

On behalf of the European Union, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) supports the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) to meet the interconnected challenges of climate change and sustainable energy. The support is aimed at attracting regional level climate finance for planning and implementing concrete projects in municipalities. The AFD is preoccupied by the situation of inequality with respect to gender and vulnerable individuals in planning and implementing urban public lighting projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, under the auspices of the third CoM SSA phase, the AFD has contracted the services of Econoler to elaborate gender-sensitive tools and methodologies that are useful to municipalities and other actors involved in identifying, preparing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating urban public lighting projects. The aim of the study is to formulate recommendations that public lighting actors can directly apply to help design projects and implement infrastructure that factor in the specific needs of women, men and vulnerable individuals.

Description of services

Econoler must carry out the following tasks:

  • Establish a situational analysis by highlighting the main concepts underscoring gender issues in the public lighting sector and analyze a portfolio of existing AFD projects in CoM SSA signatory cities (Kisumu, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Nouakchott, Mauritania) and thereby emphasize the experience acquired;
  • Elaborate recommendations on the participation process to favour greater procedural justice and develop a methodology that takes gender into account in urban public lighting projects;
  • Develop an in-depth diagnostics and case studies of two urban public lighting projects being developed in CoM SSA signatory cities (Nouakchott and Kampala) to formulate concrete, practical and specific recommendations;
  • Prepare a simple user guide that presents the main project results and can reach a large audience (cities and municipalities, cooperation agencies, NGOs, etc.), with the ultimate goal of factoring in gender in urban public lighting projects.

Municipalities in sub-Saharan Africa will thus be equipped with a methodology that serves to plan projects and establish public lighting infrastructure that are gender sensitive.

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