Gender Mainstreaming in the Programme: Upscaling access to integrated modern energy services for poverty reduction
In August 2009, TaTEDO signed a one-year contract with ETC Foundation to mainstream gender into the Upscaling Access to Integrated Modern Energy Services for Poverty Reduction (UAIMES-PR) programme. This contract was to implement the ENERGIA Phase 4 programme intervention strategy on Mainstreaming Gender in Energy Projects. Through this strategy, ENERGIA aimed to address the general lack of experience on to “how” gender could be incorporated into energy projects by providing technical and financial assistance to mainstream gender approaches into energy access projects. The gender mainstreaming component of the UAIMES-PR programme intended to ensure that the implementation of the programme was gender-sensitive and that outcomes were equity oriented, for the benefit of both men and women. It was also intended to address gender issues in the organisational, institutional, and corporate environment in which energy projects and programmes are developed and implemented.