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Gender Mainstreaming Across Africa: An Exploration of Rwandan Solar Energy Initiatives and South Africa’s Reippp Programme

Invitation to Participate in A Dissemination Event on Gender Mainstreaming Across Africa: An Exploration of Rwandan Solar Energy Initiatives and South Africa’s Reippp Programme

Event Details: 

Date:    Monday, 23 July 2018
Time:    08h30 - 14h00
Venue:  Menlyn Boutique Hotel, Pretoria

Please find the Agenda HERE

The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa Programme and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) would like to invite you to participate in a one-day, by invitation only, seminar discussing gender mainstreaming in the renewable energy sector in Africa, with specific focus on Rwanda and South Africa’s efforts to adopt gender mainstreaming efforts for their respective energy sectors. Green investment, inclusive growth and renewable energy have featured prominently on the G20 agenda since 2012, while under the current Argentinian Presidency the G20 is committed to addressing structural inequalities through ensuring gender mainstreaming across the G20 agenda.

Across the world, women are keen drivers of sustainable development. They represent almost half of the buyers of solar lighting systems in developing countries. Women also control the productive activities of households and enabling their access to cleaner sources of energy allows them to make positive changes to their environmental conditions and to mitigate against harmful climate change effects.

The emergence of a global renewable energy industry presents new opportunities for growing women’s participation in the sector. However, academics and policymakers are concerned that the patterns of non-gender awareness seen in Africa’s traditional energy sector will be replicated in the renewable energy sector, reducing the opportunity for Africa’s women to harness the growth of renewable energy technologies to drive economic development.

The concerns around women’s exclusion from meaningful participation in the renewable energy sector and the resulting effects for Africa’s growth and development form the underlying premise for research conducted in Rwanda and South Africa. Rwanda has a strong history of women inclusion across all spectrums of life and has crafted strong gender mainstreaming policies for its solar energy sector. South Africa, in comparison, has spearheaded one of the largest investment-driven programmes for renewable energy on the African continent – the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) – that has strong socio-economic development requirements in order to achieve broad-based economic growth. However, both countries, despite best efforts, have struggled to successfully include women throughout the energy value chain.

You are invited to participate in a discussion that will address the following issues:

  • The role of women in furthering sustainable development and the important contributions that they can make to drive sustainable infrastructure development across the continent
  • Efforts by the South African and Rwandan governments to include women throughout the existing value chain
  • The role of REIPPP as a possible tool for engendering the energy value chain
  • A gender mainstreaming toolkit that provides compelling recommendations to DFIs, governments and the private sector on how to better engage with and implement requisite policy and practical changes to improve women’s engagement in sustainable infrastructure development.

Access the speakers presentations here:
  pdf Women: Drivers of Inclusive & Sustainable Development by Dr. Sharron L. McPherson (555 KB)
  pdf South Africa’s Energy Sector – REIPPP by Fay Cassim (438 KB)
  pdf Case study: Gender mainstreaming in the solar energy sector in Rwanda by Maria Velazquez (456 KB)
  pdf Women and The Energy Value Chain by Asmita Parshotam (500 KB)
  pdf Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Post Genocide Rwanda (598 KB)
  pdf Gender and Energy Program by Karin Reiss (1.08 MB)

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