Levers of Change: How Global Trends Impact Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Access to Sustainable Energy
Many significant global trends are underway that could catalyze bigger, faster gains in closing energy access gaps around the world. Among these trends: Rapidly declining technology costs are making decentralized renewable energy a faster, more affordable option for delivering electricity to remote under-served areas. The proliferation of mobile phones is opening up opportunities for mobile finance, which remote populations can use to gain access to renewable energy and clean cooking solutions. Women’s business ownership activity is increasing in many developing countries, and it’s showing strong promise to help close energy gaps in ‘last-mile’ areas that won’t be reached with business-as-usual approaches.
The report catalogs how these trends are playing out in key developing regions in terms of impacts and challenges women are facing, as well as their participation – or lack of it – in sustainable energy efforts. The report also looks closely at how these trends areplaying out in five key countries – Nigeria and Tanzania in Africa, Bangladesh and Myanmar in Asia and Haiti in the Caribbean – which all face significant energy access challenges.