This issue’s theme on Women, Energy and Economic Empowerment shines light on the role of women in reaching energy products and services to the poor and ‘difficult to reach’ consumers. The issue also explores the impact that womenled micro and small enterprises (MSEs) selling energy services can have, with respect to household spending, poverty, gender equality and local markets and economies. Because of their role as household energy managers and through their formal and informal networks, women are in a unique position to connect with their peers, increase awareness and deliver energy products and services. As users, they know what features energy products should have. At the same time, when women who are home-based micro and small scale business owners or workers get energy access, they stand to benefit tremendously through increased productivity and lowered costs, resulting in increased incomes benefitting families, societies and local markets. ENERGIA taps into this huge potential of women-led MSEs in scaling up energy access with its recently launched Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme (WE). Read more on the background and WE programme in the article ‘Unlocking women’s potential towards universal energy access’.

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Table of Contents

Theme Articles

Unlocking women’s potential towards universal energy access

Authors: somadutta2010@gmail.com

Impact of energy access on livelihoods of women home-based workers: SEWA Bharat’s intervention in Bihar, India

Authors: ruchi@sewabharat.org

Establishing a women-driven clean cookstove distribution network in Eastern Indonesia

Authors: Sally Bolton

The business case for women in clean energy value chains: Insights from Solar Sister

Authors: neha.misra@gmail.com

General Articles

Engaging community based organisations in marketing of improved cookstoves in a hill state of India

Authors: Manjushree Banerjee, Rakesh Prasad

A pilot study of traditional and energy-efficient stove use in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Authors: ablobscheid@lbl.gov lodoysamba@gmail.com Randy L. Maddalena, Larry L. Dale

News Section


Authors: sophia-rose@hedon.info karima@hedon.info


Authors: Tjarda Muller

GIZ News

Authors: caspar.priesemann@giz.de monika.rammelt@giz.de

GVEP International News

Authors: alessandra.moscadelli@gvepinternational.org


Interview with Kathleen O’Dell, Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP

Authors: Kathleen O’Dell

Interview with Sarah Best, Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development

Authors: sbest@oxfam.org.uk


Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook

Authors: Corinne Hart


Expert Response by Allie Glinski and Vanessa Janik

Authors: Allie Glinski, Vanessa Janik

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