Mainstreaming Gender in the SADC Renewable Energy Sector

Contract partner: SARDC - Southern African Research and Documentation CentreCountry: Subsahara-Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 500.000,00Project start: 01.10.2015End: 30.09.2018

Short Description:

Overall goal

The proposed interventions aims to encourage SADC and the SADC member states to create conditions that promote gender mainstreaming in the RE sector.


Expected results

Knowledge products and services will contribute to transformative awareness of the benefits of gender inclusive policies and implementation in the RE and identify challenges to be addressed to facilitate sustainability:

• one book and one video show at least 7 success stories of gender mainstreaming in RE

• one status report maps the existing policies and legal documents on mainstreaming gender in the RE and shows the challenges

• one online gender-disaggregated data base and one online stakeholder hub are created and

• through at least 36 articles (newsletter, features) gender mainstreaming efforts in RE are disseminated.


Target group / Beneficiaries

The implementing agency is the Southern African Research and Development Centre having extensive knowledge and experience of the SADC regional development issues. Based on an MOU SARDC provides knowledge and information support to the SADC.

The main target groups are the Gender Unit and Energy Division in the SADC Secretariat and its subsidiary organizations such as SAPP, RERA and SACREEE; more than 20 International Cooperating Partners of the SADC; 60 government officials, responsible for Energy and Gender Affairs, and the over 3,500 parliamentarians in the 15 SADC member states; the private sector and investors represented by 15 chambers of commerce and industry; 60 universities and 100 other training institutions and 30 media houses in the SADC region.

It is assumable that the expected improvements of gender mainstreaming in the RE sector will have positive impact of the living conditions of the 85 million women living the rural areas of the SADC region.



Key activities will entail research on evidence based benefits of gender mainstreaming in RE; mapping of existing policies and documents that impact on gender in RE; collecting existing gender-disaggregated data in RE; creating a directory of key stakeholders involved in RE in the region, highlighting those that deal with gender interventions and knowledge support for national gender focal points in RE.



In the SADC Region ADC focusses in the areas of good governance and infrastructure with thematic focus in renewable energy. Affordable access to clean and sustainable energy services is major prerequisite for sustainable human development in the SADC Region.

Women play an important role in the transition to sustainable energy and in ensuring universal energy access. However although the SADC energy sector policy framework addresses the broader regional objectives the programmes on the ground fall short of addressing gender mainstreaming and specific gender issues.


project number2787-00/2015
source of fundingOEZA
sector Energiegewinnung, -Verteilung und -Effizienz, allgemein
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change mitigation: 1, Gender: 2, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.