Mainstreaming Gender in Energy Programs and Projects


Central to ECOW-GEN’s activities in the Member States, this initiative works to mainstream gender in policy formulation, legislative drafting, project and programme design, development and monitoring, as it concerns energy development in the region.

Specifically, through this initiative ECREEE will:

  • Develop a regional policy for gender mainstreaming in energy access and an implementation strategy. It is envisaged that through these policy instruments Member States will address existing barriers that may hinder the equal participation of women and men in improving energy access in West Africa and, by extension, the success of the SE4ALL initiative and the ECOWAS Regional Policies on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency;
  • Develop gender analytical tools to be used in programme design and implementation as well as in monitoring and evaluation of programmes for gender impacts;
  • Organize trainings and awareness raising activities to build capacity for gender mainstreaming, at the decision making and technical level; and
  • Develop gender resources (tools, case studies, information and training materials) to support ECOWAS energy ministries to carryout gender-sensitive and gender-specific interventions.

This initiative will be implemented in collaboration with the ECOWAS Department of Gender and Social Affairs, ECOWAS Commission, the ECOWAS Gender Development Centre (EGDC) and other strategic partners.

ECREEE’s goal through this initiative is to execute energy interventions that reflect the needs of both men and women.