Energy for Empowerment: Women’s Access to Electricity in Rural West Africa

March 12, 2021 | Webinar

What can be done to increase rural electrification in a way that works for women in West Africa? Register now to attend this free webinar at 1 p.m. UTC on March 12.

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For people living in the small, rural communities of Nigeria and the Côte d'Ivoire, access to electricity is very limited. Having access to electricity would mean access to time-saving technology that can increase people’s productivity inside and outside of the home. However, linking isolated communities with the national electricity grid can be very costly and calls for alternative, cost-effective approaches. Additionally, electrification is likely to affect men and women differently due to social norms and the opportunities available in the local economy.

In Nigeria and the Côte d'Ivoire, teams of local PEP researchers and policymakers investigated how to increase rural electricity access and the gendered impacts thereof. Members of these PEP project teams will discuss what can be done to increase rural electrification in a way that works for women during a free webinar on March 12, 2021.

Photo: Access to energy services as a route out of poverty by GERES



Fabio Veras Soares – PEP Research Fellow & researcher at the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth and the Institute for Applied Economic Research, Brazil 

Speakers from PEP project teams

Namizata Binaté Fofana – Technical Advisor specializing in Gender and Research at the Ministry of Women, Families and Children, Côte d'Ivoire. 
PEP project 20454

Temilade Sesan – Lecturer and researcher at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. 
PEP project 20448, read the PEP Policy Brief No. 230

Register to attend

March 12, 2021 | 1-2 p.m. UTC 

Simultaneous interpretation (French-English) will be available for this event.

This is the first of three policy-focused PEP webinars. Look out for more details coming shortly.




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