Ethiopia Holds First Gender Mainstreaming Training for the Energy SectorJan 28, 2015
A three day training workshop to boost ongoing efforts to mainstream gender into key energy sector public programmes has taken place with the support of UNDP’s climate resilient green growth programme in collaboration with Royal Norwegian Energy+.
The participants were drawn from Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, Harar, Oromia and Tigray regions as well as from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE).
The workshop, held in the town of Adama, was organized in partnership with the MoWIE and Women’s and Youth Affairs Directorate of Ethiopia.
Gender analysis, planning, developing indicators, monitoring and evaluation as well as the creation of workable action plans were main focus areas of this training as informed by a previously conducted skills gap assessment.
In a post training evaluation, participants reported to have gained valuable information and skills that can be applied in day to day activities and also confidently shared with peers with 95% of the respondents noting that the workshop was relevant to help them understand clearly the linkage between gender and energy. A second training session is scheduled for March 2015.
UNDP’s collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Energy+ to facilitate this training is part of its Strategic Plan and Gender Equality Strategy towards building an enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment and political participation in Africa. Though this strategy, UNDP’s efforts will primarily push for ‘gender growth strategies integrated into national strategies’ whereby women in agriculture, women in business and women in governance will be supported.
UNDP and the Energy+ initiative will continue engage in the implementation of GAP (the Gender Action Plan) of MoWIE which will enable the mainstreaming of gender issues into energy sector programmes and projects across the country. More specifically, the technical support provided will channel advice to MoWIE on means of incorporating gender components into on-going second phase of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) preparations as well as Ethiopian energy policy finalization.
Energy & Low Carbon Development Analyst