Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it?

Charlotte Taylor,  in partnership with Mariama Kamara, Founder and Director, Smiling Through Light

The energy sector is traditionally male-dominated with men’s access to better education, skills training, and finance enabling them to develop businesses and access markets that women have often been excluded from as a result of gendered social norms and women’s unpaid care work. In the energy world, the role of women has often been limited to that of consumers; particularly in relation to the household sphere and cooking practices. The benefits of clean cooking fuels and technologies on women and girls is championed on global platforms; and women are being increasingly recognised as important to energy access planning processes. What benefits arise, though, when we embrace and empower women as agents of change who are actively striving for, and driving us towards, Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7)? Continue reading “Universal energy access: what’s gender got to do with it?”

Kenya Climate Change Working Group – Case Study

Interview with John Kioli, Chair of the Kenya Climate Change Working Group, by Hannah Mottram

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The Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG)  is a consortium of over 300 organisations working climate on climate issues. We try to support government in international meetings, such as the recent COP in Marrakech. Our civil society members have been engaged with energy and climate issues for longer than some members of government, so it is a strength that we can support. We also maintain an oversight of government and county policies, and hold them to account.

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John Kioli with Kenyan delegates at COP22

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Why cooking deserves more attention

By Eco Matser, Hivos

One fifth of women around the world cook on wood or charcoal stoves. This is not only bad for their health – it causes 4.3 million premature deaths per year according the World Health Organisation – but it is also the single biggest source of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Over the last ten years we have seen many developments, such as the massive spread of mobile phones in developing countries, so why don’t we see a change in cooking habits? Why do we still accept women cooking on firewood stoves without thinking about alternatives that match with a decade in which most people have modern mobile phones?

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ACCESS Statement on COP 22

ACCESS calls for prioritisation of energy access in delivering the Paris Agreement. Support is needed for research, the strengthening of national enabling environments and inclusive national energy planning.

Marrakech, November 8, 2016 – A year on from the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are we moving down the right track to deliver sustainable and efficient energy systems to prevent dangerous climate change and pull billions of people out of energy poverty? ACCESS calls for upscaling and prioritizing energy access, research, support to strengthen their national enabling environments and support for inclusive national energy planning. Continue reading “ACCESS Statement on COP 22”

ACCESS at COP 22 – Marrakesh

How to deliver clean energy access to the billions of people that need it will be a key question at COP 22 this year. ACCESS members will be working with negotiators and hosting side events to advocate for energy access that meets the needs of the poorest, and involves communities in decision making processes.

ACCESS Statement on COP 22

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Case study – The National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network (NGSEN), Tanzania

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National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network members at a workshop on cleaner cookstoves. Photo credit: Tatu Mmanga, NGSEN

By Tatu Mmanga, NGSEN

The National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network (NGSEN) started in Tanzania in 1998, and joined ACCESS in 2016.  It aims to meet the challenges entrenched in gender and energy.

Whilst working on energy access in Tanzania, NGSEN has had many challenges and successes. This blog gives a summary of what they have achieved and what they continue to work towards.

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Welcome to the ACCESS Coalition blog

Rahel Shigela, an artisan stove maker
Rahel Shigela, an artisan stove maker who lives near Mwanza in northern Tanzania. Rahel has been making clay pots and stoves for 20 years, but has recently received training in how to also make ‘clean cookstoves’, as part of a UK-supported programme being implemented by the Dutch NGO SNV. Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

We will be using this to share information about the work of our network, and case studies on how our members are working towards universal energy access.

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