Mainstreaming Gender in India-Africa Partnership for Energy Access

Author’s Abstract

The seventh of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. This challenge is acute in the African continent, home to large populations without access to electricity and clean cooking fuel. This brief explores the scope for cooperation between India and Africa in not only achieving SDG 7, but while doing so, also considering the targets set by SDG 5 towards ensuring gender equality. Already, there is sporadic cooperation between India and African countries, primarily in capacity-building. The International Solar Alliance (ISA), formed in 2016 under India’s leadership, also highlights Africa’s favourable conditions for harnessing solar energy. The brief builds on these initiatives and underlines the gender dimension.

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