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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

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

Authors: Manjushree Banerjee, Rakesh Prasad
The focus of the dissemination process of improved cookstoves (ICS) is shifting from subsidy-driven approaches to market-driven solutions. The present paper presents the case of creating... [more]

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

Authors: Agnes Lobscheid Lodoysamba Sereeter Randy L. Maddalena, Larry L. Dale
To reduce levels of outdoor air pollution, new energy-efficient solid fuel
stoves have been offered for sale in the ger regions of Ulaanbaatar, the
capital city of Mongolia. These... [more]

News Section


Authors: sophia-rose Karima Hirji


Authors: Tjarda Muller
ENERGIA is an international network of likeminded organisations and professionals, active in over 22 countries in Africa and Asia. It was established in 1996 to create an institutional base for... [more]

GIZ News

Authors: Caspar Priesemann Monika Rammelt

GVEP International News

Authors: Alessandra Moscadelli


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

Authors: Kathleen O’Dell
Kathleen O’Dell, PMP and certified Carbon Reduction Manager, is a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting and has 16 years of international development experience in clean energy, energy... [more]

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

Authors: Sarah Best
Sarah Best is a Senior Researcher for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Sarah’s current work focuses on: energy access and renewable energy; productive uses of... [more]


Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook

Authors: Corinne Hart
The Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook provides six days of business skills, empowerment, and leadership training curricula and tools that can be implemented to better support women micro-... [more]


Expert Response by Allie Glinski and Vanessa Janik

Authors: Allie Glinski, Vanessa Janik

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