ENERGIA research programme
MARGE, together with the University of Twente in the Netherlands (lead organisation), the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and ENDA Energie in Senegal, has carried out a 4-year (2015-2018) research programme under the aegis of the International Network on Gender & Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), with financing from the Department for International Development (DfID) of the United Kingdom. The programme focussed on : Productive uses of energy in the street food sector, since this is an important sector in which women are heavily involved. More generally, women have much to gain from access to energy including enhanced production in home-based businesses such as food or clothing production and selling. The current research adopts the perspective of the entrepreneurs and their energy choices. Micro, medium and small enterprises in Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa are studied, and the research included a literature review, questionnaire surveys and in-depth interviews with enterprise owners and employees during the initial scoping phase. More information can be found here, and the research outputs will be made available here in the coming months.