Hivos – ENERGIA
ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy is an international network of like-minded organisations and professionals, active in Africa and Asia. ENERGIA was established in 1996 by a group of energy experts involved in the energy work in developing countries. At the time, gender issues were just shy of non-existent in energy policies, programs and projects. Linkages between energy and gender were hardly discussed at international conferences and actions in the sustainable energy transition were gender-blind, failing to recognise women’s needs and role. ENERGIA set out to change that. By mainstreaming gender in energy policies and institutions and promoting the empowerment of women, ENERGIA contributed to increasing the visibility and credibility of gender issues at international, regional and national level. Through information exchange, capacity building, research and advocacy activities, ENERGIA aimed at strengthening the knowledge resources on gender and energy, raising awareness on the importance of a gender approach to build an equal energy sector.
To achieve this, we:
- Contribute to energy access for all by scaling up the delivery of energy services through women-led micro and small businesses,
- Advocate for and provide technical support to mainstream gender approaches in energy policies and programs,
- Provide the evidence base for improving energy investment effectiveness through research,
- Raise awareness and enhance knowledge of issues related to gender and energy through networking and knowledge products