Project Profile

Project Title Exploring factors that enhance and restrict women’s empowerment through electrification
Project Code 2014BL18
Project Status Ongoing
Start Date February 2015
Sponsor(s) ENERGIA

This project will examine the gender dimension of emerging electricity systems in East Africa and South Asia and their social effects. Through empirical investigation we will compare centralised (grid) and decentralised systems and also study how such systems work in parallel and/or complement each other. The overall objective is to account for the factors that enhance and restrict women's opportunities and empowerment through electrification. We break this overall task into five sub-tasks, which reflect our initial hypothesis regarding factors that are likely to influence electricity's gendered effects. In electrification programmes, how are women¿s opportunities and empowerment affected by (i) the choice and design of the technological system (grid/decentralised); (ii) ownership and management of the systems (private, public, community based organisations); (iii) the process of electrification (e.g. gender sensitive approaches); (iv) socio-cultural factors (e.g. established practices, gender ideologies, roles and relations, household finances, poverty); and (v) policy, regulations and financing schemes.