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Gender and energy toolkit

Author: Gender and Energy Technical Advisory Team (GETAT)
Publisher: Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation - NORAD
Publication Date: Jan 2010

This short 18-page document presents the type of support the Gender and Energy Technical Advisory Team (GETAT) team can provide to Norad, Norwegian Embassies and their partners by incorporating a gender sensitive approach into the design and implementation of their energy projects. This technical assistance presented focuses on supporting projects developed under Oil for Development and Clean Energy for Development, whilst potentially developing synergies with other sectors such as water, for example.

The Norad Action Plan for Women's Rights and Gender Equality (WRGE) that was launched in 2007 emphasises that energy development and cooperation can enhance gender equality and the economic empowerment of both men and women. The plan states that Norway will be at the forefront of efforts to ensure that both women and men participate at all levels in the management of natural resources in partner countries; contribute to the creation of jobs and livelihoods for both women and men; support sustainable, safe energy solutions that ease women's burden of work and improve their access to health services and education; support the development and use of clean energy solutions, such as solar energy; and promote the active participation of women in decision-making and implementation processes.

ENERGIA, the international network on gender and sustainable energy, was contracted to provide technical advice and support to strengthen gender mainstreaming in the Oil for Development and Clean Energy for Development Programmes for a period of three years. This document provides an introduction to the way in which this advice and support was implemented.

Key tools and methods outlined in the toolkit include:

  • Rapid gender assessment
  • Gender strategies and action plans
  • Gender organisational analysis
  • Gender training and capacity development
  • Gender audits
  • Gender-responsive budgeting
  • Good/best practices and lessons learned
  • Monitoring and evaluation

(Adapted from source)