Unlocking Energy Access Impact, Investment, Scale and Sustainability through Gender-Sensitive Approaches

June 15, 2015

On the occasion of the 2015 Asia Clean Energy Forum, the Asian Development Bank, ENERGIA, and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves invite you to a deep dive session on 'Unlocking Energy Access Impact, Investment, Scale and Sustainability through Gender-Sensitive Approaches.' 

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Asian Development Bank Headquarters

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City

Manila, Philippines

Please R.S.V.P. HERE

Participants of the deep dive sessions are highly encouraged to register for Asia Clean Energy Forum, which you can do here.

Workshop Objectives

The objective of this event is to lay out concrete evidence on and demonstrate the following:

  • Addressing gender issues is central to achieving energy access goals; gender-informed approaches are imperative for scaling adoption of energy services and technologies.
  • Initiatives that empower women by involving them in the energy value chain and by enhancing their employment and leadership in the energy sector are a sustainable pathway to scaling up energy access.
  • Access to energy for women and girls is critical to achieving gender equality through reduction of unpaid care work, increased socio-economic status, and improved health. Vulnerable women and girls (refugees, internally displaced etc.) suffer the most and need to be reached with urgency.
  • Scaling up affordable and reliable energy services through women’s entrepreneurship can provide a dynamic engine for economic development, poverty elimination and women’s economic empowerment.


A number of recent initiatives including good practices and lessons, tools and techniques, analyses frameworks, and resources will be shared at this Deep Dive workshop.



2:00 – 2:10pm

Opening Remarks

2:10 – 2:45pm

Where do we stand: core gender and energy access issues in Asia Pacific

This session will provide an overview of the latest data and research demonstrating the importance of access to energy in achieving gender equality and of gendered approaches for achieving energy for all.

2:45 – 3:45pm

Scaling Access to Energy and Women’s Economic Empowerment


This session will feature different projects and business models that enable women to contribute to scaling up access to energy and deepening impact.

3:45 – 4:00pm

Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:00pm

Developing and Investing in Gender-Informed Business Models

This session will demonstrate how gender can be mainstreamed into energy business models to increase effectiveness and impact, as well as the merits of these models as investment opportunities.  

5:00 – 5:45pm

Practitioner Discussion: Sharing Lessons and Best Practices

In this interactive session, participants are split into small groups to discuss lessons learned, and share experiences and best practices in mainstreaming gender considerations. Inputs are captured to develop a best practices summary as an output from the session.

1.      Empowering and Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

2.      Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Impacts

3.      Appropriate Finance Mechanisms for Gender-Informed Approaches and Women Entrepreneurs


5:45 – 5:50pm

Short film

5:50 – 6:00pm

Closing Remarks & Next Steps