Advancing Women in the Energy Sector
Power Africa creates opportunities for women to participate as vital actors in the energy sector. It is Power Africa’s expectation that women be represented as policy makers within national and regional governments, as executives of private sector companies, as managers within power sector utilities, as employees of generation plants and transmission and distribution systems, and as entrepreneurs within nascent energy enterprises. Power Africa promotes women’s professional advancement in the energy sector through USAID activities including but not limited to:
Women in Rwandan Energy
Power Africa launched Women in Rwandan Energy (WIRE) in mid-2019. This network of stakeholders from across Rwanda’s energy sector includes partners from ministries, the utility, the regulator, several universities, private companies, and development partners, all committed to increasing women’s participation in Rwanda’s energy sector. WIRE provides career awareness and technical skills training, as well as apprenticeship and mentorship opportunities that prepare women for energy sector careers and support them in their advancement.
Young Women in African Power Leadership Training
Power Africa and the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) collaborate to build the leadership skills of young women active in Africa’s energy sector. The trainings, held across Africa at YALI’s Regional Leadership Centers, couple YALI’s expertise in developing leadership skills of young Africans with Power Africa’s expertise in the energy sector.
Gender Equality in Off-Grid Energy
Power Africa supports private sector off-grid energy companies to implement gender inclusive practices in their operations, creating opportunities for women and strengthening the companies’ business outcomes. See this Case Study from Ghana to learn more about this approach. French version also available.
Or download this case study on gender smart investing as a tool that can be used to address the gender gap in the off-grid energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more about an approach piloted by responsAbility Investments with technical support from Power Africa.
Women in African Power
The Women in African Power network elevates the presence and increases the participation of women in Africa’s energy sector. This program supports women’s professional advancement through networking events and skills development training.
Engendering Industries is a global USAID program that builds the capacity of electric utilities to integrate gender equity best practices into their operating procedures. With support from Power Africa, this program includes the participation of African utilities, which bolsters the participation of women in Africa’s energy workforce.
Power Africa Interagency Partners Supporting Women in Energy
Power Africa’s U.S. government partners are working to ensure that the energy sector empowers women and responds to women's needs. Below are some of the initiatives that our partners are undertaking.
USADF’s Women in Energy Challenge
DFC’s Participation in the 2X Gender Lens Investing Challenge
DOE’s Participation in the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative
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A collection of Power Africa’s blogs, thought pieces, resources, and profiles of women active in the sector.