This issue of ENERGIA News gives an introduction to the Gender and Energy Research Programme. The programme runs from February 2014 to February 2019 with financial support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The objective is to generate and analyse empirical evidence on the links between gender, energy and poverty, and to translate this evidence into recommendations for energy policy and practice.
The programme consists of research in five areas that were identified as key areas where empirical evidence is needed. These research areas (RAs) are:
- RA1: Exploring factors that enhance and restrict women’s empowerment through electrification;
- RA2: Productive uses of energy in informal food preparation and processing sectors;
- RA3: The political economy of energy sector dynamics;
- RA4: Gender and energy sector reform;
- RA5: The role of the private sector in scaling up