The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United States-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), developed the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access.
The Policy, which is the first of its kind globally, aims to address existing barriers that may hinder the equal participation of women and men in expanding energy access in West Africa and, by the extension, the success of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL).
Policy Development timeline
On 24 February 2015, ECREEE, in partnership with AfDB and NREL, organized an inception workshop to launch the project on developing the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access, at the AfDB’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Read more…
Technical Consultation Meeting and Validation Workshop
From 4 to 5 June 2015, the ECOWAS Department of Social Affairs and Gender and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (ECREEE) organized a regional Gender and Energy Workshop under the theme ” Promoting Social Inclusion for Sustainable Energy for All”, with the objective to validate the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access. The workshop took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Dakar, Senegal, with the attendance of 80 representatives from the Ministries of Energy in the ECOWAS region, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and research institutions, development partners, the press and representatives of other relevant stakeholder institutions. Read More….
ECOWAS Regulation for Gender Assessment in Energy Infrastructure Development
Having developed the Policy, ECREEE and the ECOWAS Department for Social Affairs and Gender is currently developing the Policy’s regulatory framework. The regulatory framework will set the procedures for applying for a gender assessment for energy infrastructure project development and the conditions for being granted one; the regulatory instruments for ensuring compliance; the institutional structure (and roles and responsibilities) for regulating a gender-responsive energy sector at the national and regional level. In addition, the framework will set out the modalities for ensuring that the operations of energy infrastructure are gender –responsive. This is to say that, while the infrastructure facilities are in operation, gender considerations are actively being carried out, monitored, evaluated, and reported on.
Download the Validated Policy Documents below: