Engendering Utilities

Strengthening Utilities through Gender Equality Initiatives

USAID’s Engendering Utilities program works with electricity and water utilities in developing countries to increase economic opportunities for women and improve gender equality in the workplace.

Expanding women’s participation in the traditionally male-dominated energy and water sectors leads to tangible economic empowerment outcomes for women, such as formal employment opportunities and higher income. Additionally, increased gender equality can improve business performance and help utilities meet their bottom-line goals by enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and driving productivity. Moreover, well-functioning utilities create stronger and more resilient national energy and water sectors that are critical for economic growth and promoting a path to self-reliance.

Engendering Utilities delivers a unique approach to improving gender equality in the energy and water sectors. Through customized best practices, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Utilities builds the capacity of utility leaders to implement gender equality interventions in their organizations.

Engendering Utilities partners receive:

  • Global best practices to implement gender equality interventions. USAID’s Delivering Gender Equality: A Best Practices Framework for Utilities provides tools and resources to implement gender equality interventions throughout the employee life cycle.
  • Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program. Developed by USAID and Georgetown University, this 12-month certificate program empowers partner utility employees to effectively integrate gender equality initiatives within their corporate structure.
  • Demand-driven change management coaching. Each utility is paired with an expert change management and gender equality coach who provides tailored technical support.
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 4:00pm

Last updated: February 01, 2020