ENERGIA is an International Network of likeminded organizations and professionals, established in 1996 and currently active in 22 countries in Asia and Africa. They believe that projects, programs and policies that explicitly address gender and energy issues have better outcomes and improve the livelihood of entire communities. By involving women in both the development and use of modern energy, the sustainability of these services is enhanced and opportunities are made available to both women and men.
More than 2.5 billion people worldwide currently lack access to modern energy in their everyday lives. They make a difference in this, as they contribute to women’s economic empowerment by scaling up gender mainstreaming both in research and practice. In order to provide continued support and have gender be part of the developmental process, ENERGIA also creates unique training modules and tools for the energy sector. This way, they connect local initiatives in a global context, creating an environment where groups can learn from each other and inspire across communities.
Their vision is for women and men to have equal and equitable access to and control over sustainable energy services as an essential human right to development. They work towards this with the following principles in mind:
Empowerment and equality
Inclusiveness and equality in partnership
Respect for diversity, flexibility and unity
Contextualization of interventions
Innovation in thinking
Balanced approach to themes and activities
ENERGIA is currently involved with several ongoing projects. Most prominent are the two following initiatives:
Their Women’s Economic Empower project, in line with its commitment to the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), focuses on empowering women in the overall value chain through energy use, from energy generation to its end uses.
Their Gender and Energy Research Programme is a collaboration with DFID to advance knowledge and awareness regarding the impact of energy access—or the lack thereof— on women and girls.
What they do
ENERGIA is an International Network of like- minded organisations and professionals, active in 22 countries in Asia and Africa. Established in 1996 to create an institutional base for galvanising action aimed at integrating gender into the energy access agenda of developing countries as well as globally. Their view is that energy programmes, policies and markets that explicitly address gender issues, will result in better outcomes in terms of the sustainability, profitability and human development opportunities available to women and men.
Women’s Economic Empowerment
Advocacy / Policy Influencing