Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Nigeria

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Engendering Industries Partner Profile

EKEDC is one of 11 Nigerian electricity distribution companies privatized in 2013, and serves 494,000 customers. In 2018, women made up 20 percent of the company’s workforce. USAID is proud to work with EKEDC in their commitment to improve gender equality in the energy sector as part of their path to long-term success.

Nigeria is the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, but limitations in the power sector constrain growth. Currently Nigeria has the potential to generate 12,522 megawatts (MW) of electric power from existing plants, but most days is only able to generate around 4,000 MW, which is insufficient. In 2017, only 54 percent of the population had access to electricity.

Nigeria has a national gender policy that focuses on the empowerment of women and advocates against any form of discrimination against women. However in daily life women still experience significant gender gaps. Women make up 45 percent of the total labor force in Nigeria, however, Most Nigerian women work in services and only 13 percent of working women are wage and salaried workers compared to 23 percent of men. Moreover, Nigeria’s gender pay gap is one of the highest in the world: On average a man earns 54 percent more than a woman.

USAID is partnering with EKEDC through the Engendering Industries program to assist in the development and implementation of their tailored action plan to incorporate gender equity into their business practices. The action plan included targeted interventions, such as the institution of gender-equitable job candidate attraction and selection processes, competency-based hiring processes to reduce gender bias, and the institution of gender-equitable employee development and succession planning. EKEDC’s HR specialists also took part in Engendering Industries’ customized Gender Equity Executive Leadership program, in partnership with Georgetown University. This partnership has resulted in significant and substantial progress toward a gender-equitable future for the company.

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Launched in 2015, USAID’s Engendering Industries program supports organizations in developing countries to increase economic opportunities for women and improve gender equality in the workplace. Expanding women’s participation in male-dominated sectors leads to tangible economic empowerment outcomes for women, such as formal employment opportunities and higher income. Increased gender equality also improves an organization’s business performance, helping companies meet their bottom-line by enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and driving productivity. Well-functioning organizations are also vital in supporting stronger and more resilient economies. Through a customized best practices framework, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Industries builds the capacity of leaders to implement gender equality interventions that increase the professional participation of women and improve business performance.

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 2:45am

Last updated: February 23, 2022