Institutional And Gender Dimensions Of Energy Service Provision For Empowering The Rural Poor In Uganda
- DFID - Collaborative Research Group on Gender and Energy (CRGGE)
This case study examines how renewable energy service interventions at two sites in Uganda have contributed to the process of empowering women as well as addressing the different needs of women and men. The projects at the two sites sought to involve solar companies as private sector providers of energy services and aimed at addressing the differentiated needs of women and men at the household and small-scale enterprise levels.
The key finding is that a deliberate use of gender analysis with a specific gender strategy in energy interventions by governments, solar companies and village banks can result in significant benefits for both women and men. It can further support women's empowerment, especially if combined with support and encouragement for income-generating activities. The benefits for women as well as men included gains from their involvement in income-generating activities, the ability of spouses to pool resources and cooperate in repayment of solar loans and the increase in joint businesses between women and men. Training in maintenance, battery charging and usage for both men and women helped to ensure sustainability of both projects. Girls' education performance improved because they were able to study later at night after completing their domestic chores. The school also considerably reduced its expenditure on lighting.
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