Engendering Utilities Partners

The strength of the Engendering Utilities program is in its collaborative approach.

USAID is proud to work with utilities that are committed to improving gender equality in the power and water sectors, and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business which is committed to helping build the next generation of energy sector leaders and gender equality champions.

The Utilities

USAID is partnering with utilities to collaboratively design tailored interventions to improve gender equality outcomes within their organizations. Through Engendering Utilities, USAID is partnering with 17 utilities spanning 14 countries and will be adding up to 10 new utilities this year. Current partner utilities are:

  • Dominican Republic

    Edesur Dominicana, S.A. (EDESUR)

    EDESUR was formed in 1999 and distributes electricity to 800,000 customers. Of their 3,290 employees, around 37 percent are women. USAID is supporting EDESUR to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • El Salvador

    Distribuidora de Electricidad DELSUR

    One of 18 distribution companies in El Salvador, DELSUR services 25 percent of the market with a workforce that is 20 percent female. USAID is supporting DELSUR to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Georgia

    Energo-Pro

    Energo-Pro serves 85 percent of the market and more than 1 million customers. Of its 6,000 employees, 13 percent are women. USAID is supporting Energo-Pro to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Ghana

    Ghana Grid Company Ltd. (GRIDCo)

    GRIDCo is Ghana’s transmission company and system operator, and currently has over 900 employees, of which 15 percent are women. USAID is supporting GRIDCo to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • India

    BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL)

    BRPL was formed in 2002 and serves around 2.4 million customers in New Delhi. Of their 2,700 employees, just 11 percent are women. USAID is supporting BRPL to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • India

    Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL)

    TPDDL was formed in 2002 and serves around seven million people in New Delhi. Of their 3,570 employees, 15 percent are women. USAID is supporting TPDDL to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Jordan

    Electric Distribution Company (EDCO)

    EDCO serves 55 percent of the country and has around 1,400 employees, of which eight percent are women. USAID is supporting EDCO to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Jordan

    Irbid District Electricity Company (IDECO)

    IDECO is an electricity company in Jordan, serving over 25 percent of the country. Of 1,300 employees, six percent are women. USAID is supporting EDCO to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Kenya

    Kenya Power

    Kenya Power serves more than 3.6 million customers, employing more than 8,000 men and approximately 2,000 women. USAID is supporting Kenya Power to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Kosovo

    Kosovë Operator Sistemi, Transmisioni dhe Tregu (KOSTT)

    KOSTT operates Kosovo’s electricity transmission and distribution system. In 2019, 18 percent of KOSTT’s 340 employees were women. USAID is supporting KOSTT to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Liberia

    Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC)

    LEC currently serves nearly 50,000 customers in Liberia and employs around 850 staff, of which 17 percent are women. USAID is supporting LEC to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Malawi

    Electricity Generation Company Malawi (EGENCO)

    EGENCO is a power generation company with 550 employees, of which 11 percent are women. USAID is supporting EGENCO to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Mozambique

    Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM)

    Mozambique’s electricity company since 1977, EDM services 28 percent of the population with 3,340 staff, of which 16 percent are women. USAID is supporting EDM to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Nigeria

    Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC)

    EKEDC serves 494,000 customers in Lagos State and Ogun State. In 2018, women made up 20 percent of the company’s workforce. USAID is supporting EKEDC to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Nigeria

    Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC)

    IBEDC serves over 1.2 million customers in Nigeria and parts of Niger. Of the utility’s 2,500 employees, 17 percent are women. USAID is supporting IBEDC to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • North Macedonia

    EVN Macedonia

    EVN Macedonia provides energy to 812,000 customers and employs more than 1,800 professionals, of which 21 percent are women. USAID is supporting EVN to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

  • Philippines

    Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LASURECO)

    LASURECO generates and distributes electricity to around 51,400 customers. Of their 184 employees, 29 percent are women. USAID is supporting LASURECO to improve gender equality and boost performance. Read the profile

Professional Development

USAID partners with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business to design and implement the Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, which trains key leaders in each partner utility. The course teaches how to improve gender equality within several key topics aligned with the Delivering Gender Equality: A Best Practices Framework for Utilities, including:

  • Gender Awareness
  • Strategic Leadership
  • HR Policies
  • Recruitment & Hiring
  • Survey Methodology
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Male Engagement
  • Salary Equity & Benefits Analysis
  • Mentorship & Sponsorship
  • HR Compliance and Reporting
  • Succession Planning
  • Payroll Management
  • Negotiations
  • Financial Impact Calculations
  • Building the Business Case
  • Personal Leadership & Leading Others
  • Persuasion & Influence
  • Change Management
  • Employee Engagement & Development
  • Benefit Administration
  • Performance Management
  • Separation and Retirement
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Child Care & Family-Friendly Practices

Last updated: July 07, 2020

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