Energo-Pro, Georgia

Engendering Utilities Partner Profile

Energo-Pro serves 85 percent of the Georgian market and more than one million customers. Of its 6,000 employees, only 13 percent are women. USAID is proud to work with Energo-Pro in their commitment to improve gender equality in the energy sector as part of their path to long-term success.

Since 1995, Georgia has been significantly improving and transforming its energy sector. The unbundling of generation, transmission, and distribution has contributed to the delivery of continuous electricity supply to nearly 100 percent of the country.

However, transformation of the energy sector from a gender equity perspective has been slower. While women in Georgia benefit from higher than average labor force participation rates—an estimated 58 percent, according to the International Labour Organization—women are not well represented in Georgia’s energy sector.

USAID is partnering with Energo-Pro through the Engendering Utilities program to assist in the development of their tailored action plan to incorporate gender equality into their business practices. Energo-Pro’s HR specialists also took part in Engendering Utilities’ customized Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, in partnership with Georgetown University. The program’s capstone project required participants to address methods to integrate gender equity into the HR employee lifecycle and utilize advanced change management approaches to maximize their company’s cultural evolution. This partnership has resulted in significant and substantial progress toward a gender-equitable future for the company.

USAID’s Engendering Utilities program works with electricity and water utilities in developing countries to increase economic opportunities for women, improve gender equality, boost business performance, and strengthen the energy and water sectors. Through a customized best practices framework, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Utilities builds the capacity of utility leaders to implement gender equality interventions that increase the professional participation of women and meet their core business goals.

Launched in 2015, the Engendering Utilities program demonstrates USAID’s commitment to promote a path to self-reliance and resilience in developing countries by fostering enterprise-driven innovation, inclusive economic growth, and gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. Engendering Utilities is a key activity under the U.S. Government’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), which aims to reach 50 million women by 2025 through innovative and effective programs.

Date 
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:45pm

Last updated: March 26, 2020