Energia is the international network on gender and sustainable energy based at The Hague in the Netherlands working on gender and energy research for policy influencing. Energia was founded by women in 1996 who were working on gender and energy work in developing countries. The vision at Energia continues to be that women and men have equal and equitable access to and control of sustainable energy services as essential human rights. Information regarding Energia was presented at the 2017 Women in Energy Awards and Conference by Dr. Mumbi Machera of the Technical Advisory Group of the Energia Gender and Energy Research Programme.
Given that 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to modern energy for daily life, Energia is committed to scaling up the delivery of energy services and products. The research company will meet its goals by strengthening women-led enterprises, advocating for gender mainstreaming in energy policy and creating the evidence base for incorporating a gender lens through its practices and research.
Currently, Energia networks and brings together 31 organizations from 18 African and Asian countries, inclusive of Kenya. Researchers from around the world are collaborating in their efforts in seven distinct research areas. Energia is guided by the following policies: empowerment and equality, inclusiveness and equality in partnership, respect for diversity, flexibility and unity, contextualization of interventions, innovation in thinking and balanced approach to themes and activities.
The Gender and Energy Research Programme will invite national, international, public and private stakeholders in mid to late 2019 to share in a forum on the programs findings. The program funded by UK Department for International Development has been ongoing since 2015. The goal is to find evidence-based research for improving the effectiveness of energy investments and understanding women needs for modern energy services through empirical research.