This side event will take place alongside the 3rd SE4ALL workshop (9th-11th February) and aims to raise awareness amongst development partners and African countries that access to clean cooking solutions, renewable energy and information technology are critical drivers of gender equality. This is necessary for achieving the global gender equality goals and providing significant opportunities for African women’s empowerment. It will also offer the opportunity for all participants to discuss best practices and lessons learnt on creating an enabling environment based on the experience of development partners at the (i) policy, (ii) implementation, (iii) supply and (iv) demand level. The scope is to forge new partnerships and to inform the Bank’s work in ensuring the empowering effect of clean energy, technology and entrepreneurship in Bank’s operations –especially for women and girls.
The Bank recognizes the need to pursue a development path that promotes social equality and inclusion, improved economic wellbeing, and ecological sustainability. This is well captured in the AfDB’s Energy Sector Policy and will be further reinforced by the New Deal on Energy for Africa that emphasizes the need to develop policies and programs to provide alternative energy sources, from traditional biomass, which would contribute to women’s health as well as alleviating their time burden while at the same time building on Africa’s economic development There are a number of efforts and initiatives across the region, and the Bank with its catalytic role could partner with such innovative initiatives to assist in integrating gender considerations in energy programs and projects and scaling these efforts across countries.