Aim of this project is to meet energy needs of women and men for their daily activities and livelihoods by transitioning to renewable energy systems that create economic opportunities (especially for women) and reduce the effects of climate change this is because energy lies at the heart of human progress. This is because more than a billion people do not have access to affordable, reliable and clean energy. This seriously limits their prospects for decent health, education, livelihoods, employment – and sustainable food supplies. Decentralized renewable energy solutions for those who cannot access the central grid are essential to overcome this situation.
Green and Inclusive Energy works to influence energy policies and practices so investments in decentralized renewable energy will increase. The program does this through advocacy, by working in coalitions with governments and private sector partners and by improving the effectiveness of local energy and non-energy partners. GIE’s strong focus on lobby engages citizens and sparks public debate to help tip the public policy balance towards more decentralized people-centered energy systems. The roles of NGSEN in this program TANGSEN IS centered on lobbying and advocacy on issues related to SEforALL, gender and social inclusion, and capacity building. The details on the roles are as follows: Lobbying and advocacy: NGSEN in 2016-2017 plan, has been working with the Ministry of Energy to ensure that all the key SEforALL documents (AA and IP) are mainstreaming gender. The key intervention areas were to review the SEforALL documents for gender inclusiveness, provide inputs on how gender should be mainstreamed, conduct consultation meeting with key influential in the SEforALL initiative in Tanzania. The next year plan 2017-2018, these efforts will continue. NGSEN focus to work more in the sector by mobilizing efforts in the lower level to ensure that gender is well articulated in the demand side of energy which will in turn lead to comprehensive consideration of people energy needs. This work stem from the NGSEN working relation with 3 district offices who are responsible for planning and budgeting the local authorities’ activities. Capacity building and advocacy on gender and social inclusion in the energy sector: For many years’ gender inclusion in the energy sector has remained an abstract in the policy documents, strategies and programmes. They haven’t obtained the required weight in the implementation, monitoring and evaluations process. In 2016-2017 work, NGSEN engaged in capacity building on awareness of issues of gender and energy to SP-E partners as well as District officials. This knowledge was expected to instrumental in fostering the SP-E agenda as it centered to show how energy needs of people are supposed to be linked to the mainstream national energy platform. In 2017-2018 plan, NGSEN focus to increase awareness of issues of gender and energy to village dwellers for them to have the ability to surface their energy needs as well as continued engagement with district officials in implementing gender-energy strategies laid in the district plans.