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