,Review of Gender and Social Inclusion in Renewable Energy Sector in Nepal By Ram Prasad Dhital
Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) Programme is one of the four themes (other three are: Sustainable Diets 4 All, Decent Work for Women and Open Contracting) of the Citizen Agency Consortium Program – an outcome of the partnership between UK-based organizations International institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Article 19, and the Netherlands-based NGO, Hivos. ENERGIA (hosted by the Hivos) and IIED partner with national civil society organizations and the Dutch government to support the transition towards green and inclusive energy in the target nations. Nepal is one of the eight focus countries for this sub-programme (GIE), and CRT/N has been identified as the lead organization to support its execution in Nepal. The project is expected to support national civil society organizations to advocate and lobby for policy changes, reform and programs to facilitate Nepal’s transition towards green and inclusive energy systems. The key objective of the project is to contribute to the creation of an enabling policy environment to meet the domestic and productive energy needs of the poor, women, and marginalized groups through decentralized renewable energy and clean cooking energy solutions.
Long term goals of this programme are: i) to meet energy (domestic as well as productive) needs of everyone ii) to mitigate climate change and, iii) to ensure social and economic developments and to ensure productive participation of women in politics, economic and social development.
October 2016 -31 December 2017 with likely extension until 2020
The project employs Theory of Change (ToC) framework to define desired changes, identify linkages between key actors and national contexts and to ultimately formulate lobby and advocacy (L&A) strategies. CRT/N commissioned the baseline study in June 2016 for the program. Based on the baseline study result, a generic ToC was revised to ensure its alignment with the Nepalese context; ToC for Nepal was later validated through a series of deliberations involving experts from ENERGIA, CRT/N and the national partner organizations viz. Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) and National Association of Community Electricity Users Nepal (NACEUN), in September 2016. Identify linkages and build on the project “Energy: Empowering Women, Uplifting Lives” in order to strengthen CSOs and GSI Sustainable Energy for All initiative in Nepal. Some of the key activities planned within this project are:
Other seven focus countries are: Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Nicaragua and Guatemala.