Discussing Gender, Energy and Clean Cooking Solutions at the SE4ALL Annual Workshop

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12h30 – 14h30 

11 February, 2016


On 11 February, 2016, ECREEE in partnership with the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Office of the Special Envoy on Gender (SEOG), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub, and the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), is organizing a side-event on Gender, Energy and Clean Cooking Solutions, at the AfDB Headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The event will take place at the 3rd Annual Workshop on Advancing SE4ALL country action in Africa, scheduled to hold from 9 – 10 February, 2016, at the same venue.

The side-event is being organized in the frame of the New Deal on Energy for Africa and that of the Transformative Partnership on Energy for Africa, recently launched at the World Economic Forum, on 20 January 2016; both of which work towards achieving the goal of universal access to modern energy services for Africa’s population.

The continent is facing energy crises: power is considered to be Africa’s single largest infrastructure challenge[1]. In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of people without access to electricity is the highest globally and it is the only region where the number is increasing[2].  With over 80% relying on biomass, the importance of appreciating the interface between gender and energy, and the role of promoting clean cooking solutions, cannot be overemphasized.

It is against this background, that the AfDB-SE4ALL-ENERGIA-ECREEE side-event on Gender, Energy and Clean Cooking Solutions aims to create a platform to raise awareness amongst development partners on the need to adopt a gender-responsive approach to improving energy access. Furthermore, the event will provide a platform to exchange knowledge and experiences on best practices implemented towards addressing this important issue, covering policy, implementation, supply and demand level. It is envisaged that the workshop will lead to the establishment of new partnerships and produce recommendations on how the Bank and its partners may more effectively empower women and girls for the achievement of the SE4ALL goals.


Download the Concept Note and Agenda

[1] Africa Development Forum (2010). Africa’s Infrastructure: A time for Transformation. Foster, V., and Briceno-Garmendice, C.

[2] International Energy Agency (2014) Africa’s Energy Outlook: A focus on Energy Prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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