ISBN 9789994455843
Pages 322
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2015
Publisher OSSREA, Ethiopia
Format Paperback

The Gender-Energy Nexus in Eastern and Southern Africa

edited by Paschal Mihyo, Truphena E. Mukuna

The Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Eastern and Southern Africa have been at the forefront to developing new energy policies and programmes aimed at reaching the UN goal of Ensuring Access to Clean Energy for All by 2030. In the year 2006, the East African Community passed the EAC Strategy to Scale Up Access to Modern Energy Services, committing its Member States to reach the UN goal of "access to all" by 2030. The Inter-governmental Authority for Development adopted its Environmental and Natural Resources Policy in 2007 which includes issues of renewable energy. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa launched its Model Energy Programme in 2012, followed the same year by its comprehensive baselines database on renewable resources covering all its Member States. In the year 2009, the African Union General Assembly at its 12th Ordinary Session adopted the Policy on "Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Africa". The regional policies have been domesticated by Member Sates of the RECs. Although their targets are very ambitious, implementation programmes launched at national level are robust and producing results. Both in the policies and implementation programmes, gender issues have, however, not featured prominently. Noting this deficit, the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa called for researchers to assess the extent to which energy policies in Eastern and Southern Africa have taken gender issues on board.

This book is the product of that project. It has ten chapters that investigated the gender-energy nexus in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Swaziland, Sudan and Kenya. The book will prove useful to all policy makers, researchers and analysts who may be interested in strengthening the gender content of the programmes as we move towards 2030. We believe it triggers and helps policy makers and researchers to create platforms to use its findings, and those of others, to see how in gender terms those at the bottom of the energy access pyramid can be factored into these programmes, to make sure they are not left behind.

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About the Editors

Paschal Mihyo

Paschal Mihyo, a Tanzanian, is a lawyer by profession. He is a Professor of Politics and Administrative Studies with an LL.B., LL.M and a Ph.D. in Public Law from the University of Dar es Salaam. Between 1975 and 1988, he taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam. Between 1988 and 2004, he taught and served as Dean at the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University, in The Hague. From April 2004 to September 2005, he was Director of Research and Programmes at the Association of African Universities in Accra, Ghana; after which he joined the University of Namibia as a Professor from 2006 – 2008. From 2008 to February 2012, he was Executive Director of the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) and then moved to Nairobi to join PASGR in February 2012, shortly before he resumed the same position back at OSSREA as of December 2012. He has published eleven books and thirty-one journal articles on law, human rights, higher education and politics in Africa.

Truphena E. Mukuna

Truphena E. Mukuna  has taught in institutions of higher learning for over 10 years. Currently, she is one of the designers and facilitators of an advanced Research Methodology Training in E-Learning course at OSSREA. She is also a member of the OSSREA research team that is collaborating with the Climate Impact Research and Capacity Leadership (CIRCLE) project by African Academy of Sciences. Dr. Mukuna is also representing OSSREA in the research with CIPPEC on ‘Evidence and Lessons from Latin America to Africa’, which focuses on parliamentary accountability of the Legislature to the Executive.

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