Leaving No One Behind: DRC’s Rural-Electrification Agency Commits to Gender Equality

Energy and Infrastructure

Leaving No One Behind: DRC’s Rural-Electrification Agency Commits to Gender Equality

Commentary
Posted on: 14th December 2022

TBI is partnering with Power Africa to help African government leaders plan and deliver increased access to power as part of the Senior Advisors Group programme.

Rural electrification does not automatically benefit everyone. Because gender roles influence how women and men use energy, electrification can have unequal outcomes in households, communities and the market. Those responsible for planning and implementing rural-electrification projects should be aware of gender disparities in energy and strategise how to overcome them. TBI and Power Africa’s assistance helped the rural-electrification agency of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), ANSER, to develop a gender strategy to ensure that women and men enjoy the benefits of electrification equally in the rural and peri-urban communities targeted. In a country of more than 90 million inhabitants and where only one-fifth of the population has access to electricity, the strategy’s commitments and guidelines allow ANSER to serve millions of people who may otherwise have been unintentionally excluded.

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