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Issue 66

Women, Energy and Economic Empowerment


This issue’s theme on Women, Energy and Economic Empowerment shines light on the role of women in reaching energy products and services to the poor and ‘difficult to reach’ consumers. The issue also explores the impact that womenled micro and small enterprises (MSEs) selling energy services can have, with respect to household spending, poverty, gender equality and local markets and economies. Because of their role as household energy managers and through their formal and informal networks, women are in a unique position to connect with their peers, increase awareness and deliver energy products and services. As users, they know what features energy products should have. At the same time, when women who are home-based micro and small scale business owners or workers get energy access, they stand to benefit tremendously through increased productivity and lowered costs, resulting in increased incomes benefitting families, societies and local markets. ENERGIA taps into this huge potential of women-led MSEs in scaling up energy access with its recently launched Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme (WE). Read more on the background and WE programme in the article ‘Unlocking women’s potential towards universal energy access’.

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Table of Contents

Theme Articles

Unlocking women’s potential towards universal energy access

Authors: Soma Dutta
Women are playing a significant role in reaching energy services to the poorest and difficult to reach customers, who would never gain access to modern energy otherwise, thereby making a... [more]

Impact of energy access on livelihoods of women home-based workers: SEWA Bharat’s intervention in Bihar, India

Authors: Ruchi Sankrit
Energy access plays a significant role in lives and livelihoods of informal economy women workers. SEWA Bharat is part of the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) movement. Established in... [more]

Establishing a women-driven clean cookstove distribution network in Eastern Indonesia

Authors: Sally Bolton
In order to achieve the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) subgoal of universal access to energy by 2030, clean cookstove distribution networks need to be established and rapidly scaled up to... [more]

The business case for women in clean energy value chains: Insights from Solar Sister

Authors: Neha Misra
Solar Sister is a social enterprise improving last mile energy access with a gender inclusive approach in Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania utilising a model that recruits, trains, and supports... [more]

General Articles

A pilot study of traditional and energy-efficient stove use in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Authors: Agnes B. Lobscheid, Sereeter Lodoysamba, Randy L. Maddalena, Larry L. Dale

Engaging community based organisations in marketing of improved cookstoves in a hill state of India

Authors: Manjushree Banerjee, Rakesh Prasad

News Section

GVEP International News

Authors: Alessandra Moscadelli


Authors: sophia-rose Karima Hirji

GIZ News

Authors: Caspar Priesemann Monika Rammelt


Authors: Tjarda Muller


Interview with Kathleen O’Dell, Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP

Authors: Kathleen O’Dell

Interview with Sarah Best, Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development

Authors: Sarah Best


Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook

Authors: Corinne Hart


Expert Response by Allie Glinski and Vanessa Janik

Authors: Allie Glinski, Vanessa Janik

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