Strengthening Gender-Responsive Climate Action

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Climate change—including both its causes and the initiatives designed to combat its drivers and impacts—is not gender neutral. With widespread repercussions that include strains across economic sectors, climate change affects women differently than men. Yet, women can also uniquely contribute to climate change action. They can contribute and benefit greatly from mitigation activities by joining non-traditional labour markets— including those related to the energy transition—and from accessing more efficient production means.

Understanding this context, the African Development Bank aims to be the leading African financial institution addressing gender and climate change, as a strategy to both boost the social benefits of its portfolio investments on climate change and to strive towards ensuring gender equality in the continent. The Bank has been mobilising funding from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to strengthen understanding of and capacities to address the interlinkages between gender and climate change of Bank staff and African Countries.

To support these efforts, African Development Bank’s Department of Gender, Women and Civil Society designed in partnership with the Climate Change and Green Growth Department the African Development Bank/CIF Inclusive Climate Action Initiative, which is implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The purpose of the Initiative is to support the concrete integration of gender into future climate-related initiatives implemented under the supervision and support of the Bank by conducting context-specific research, developing two case studies on good practices and producing a set of knowledge resources to support the work of the African Development Bank and its staff.

This brief summarises good practices from the two case studies, which explored gender-mainstreaming processes undertaken in projects financially supported by the CIF and African Development Bank: a forest project in Ghana and a renewable energy initiative in Morocco. Each demonstrates numerous gender-responsive strategies for realising improved results, captured in this document towards raising wider awareness on approaches.

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