A gender and human rights-based approach to energy access in Nepal

KIT Gender is working in partnership with the International Network for Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA) to support Norad in applying a gender and human rights-based approach to energy in Norwegian-supported sector programs in Nepal.

Gender equality and sustainable energy for all

This project supports the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, which seeks to ensure universal access to energy by 2030, as well as to contribute to the global discussion on the Post-2015 Development Goals.

A welcome opportunity

In May 2013, KIT Gender participated in a Norad-mission to Nepal during which stakeholder consultations were held with key partners of the National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP) and the Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP) – both supported by Norway. All stakeholders recognised the benefits of realising rights of excluded groups in Nepal. And this project was seen as a welcome opportunity to not only create synergies between key sectors, but also foster learning between stakeholders that otherwise might not have the chance to profit from each other’s experience and expertise.The mission concluded with the agreement on a plan of action for operationalising a gender equality and human rights approach in the energy sector in Nepal.

The mission concluded with the agreement on a plan of action for operationalising a gender equality and human rights approach in the energy sector in Nepal.

In 2013 KIT Gender produced three reports:

  • an assessment report on entry-points for a gender and rights-based approach to energy in Nepal (May 2013)
  • a peer review of the Draft Inception Review Aide Memoire of the National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP) (June 2013)
  • an appraisal of the LGCDP II programme document from a gender, social inclusion and human rights-based perspective (July 2013)

During 2014, the initiative is continuing with the following activities:

  • targeted studies on gender, social inclusion and human rights processes and outcomes of access to energy in Nepal to strengthen energy sector policy and practice
  • pilot project on a gender and rights-based approach to energy based on the introduction of renewable energy planning into local governance processes at district level in Nepal
  • capacity development trajectories with the gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) team of NRRSP and its government counterpart, the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC)

To learn more about this project please contact us at gender@kit.nl or get in touch directly with the project supervisors shown in the right hand column.