Engendering Utilities Program Results

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USAID’s Engendering Utilities partners have implemented nearly 450 actions and interventions to increase gender equality in their organizations, and report tangible improvements in business performance as a result.

USAID’s Engendering Utilities program supports 29 organizations across 21 countries to increase gender equality in male-dominated industries, including the energy and water sectors. Using the program’s Best Practices Framework for Male-Dominated Industries, the program provides partners with the tools and resources they need to implement gender equality interventions across the employee life cycle. This is coupled with demand-driven change management coaching by the program’s equality experts, and participation in the Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program (GEELP), a 12-month course developed and delivered in partnership with Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Project Impact by the Numbers (2017–2020)

Gender Equality

  • $1.15M in direct and in-kind investment by partner organizations to implement gender equality initiatives
  • 1,115 women hired by partner organizations through 44 recruitment and hiring initiatives; 7 percent into leadership roles and 22 percent into technical roles
  • 995 women promoted; 28 percent into leadership roles and 29 percent into technical roles
  • 6,105 female employees trained at partner organizations on technical and soft skills to advance their careers
  • 2,066 female students and job seekers reached through 52 school outreach and recruitment events
  • 220 girls enrolled in internships and trainee programs
  • 443 gender equality best practices implemented across the employee life cycle
  • 57 policies related to gender equality created at partner organizations

Business Performance

  • 11 partner organizations directly attribute coaching efforts to increased employee retention
  • 5 partner organizations explicitly linked increased gender equality to decreased revenue loss
  • 3 partner organizations credit gender equality initiatives with improved image and reputation

USAID’s Engendering Utilities program works with organizations in male-dominated industries to increase economic opportunities for women, improve gender equality, boost business performance, and strengthen economies. Through a customized best practices framework, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Utilities builds the capacity of 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.

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 2:15pm

Last updated: February 05, 2021