Energy Technology Innovation in South Asia: Implications for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion | Asian Development Bank

Energy Technology Innovation in South Asia: Implications for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

Publication | October 2018
Energy Technology Innovation in South Asia: Implications for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

This working paper addresses how energy systems and services in South Asia can improve women’s economic empowerment and well-being.

The paper focuses on integrating gender equity considerations into technology design and on drawing women into this process for equal employment opportunities. South Asia’s low-carbon energy transition has significant implications for gender equality and social inclusion. The rising energy demand and the commitment to mitigate climate change are the driving force in energy technology innovation. This paper is the beginning of an ongoing research project that will also include a pilot program to field test a gender equality and social inclusion reference energy system.

Contents 

  • Introduction and Scope
  • Frameworks and Approaches
  • The Energy Transition: Clean Energy Technology Progress and Fostering Innovation
  • Technology Audit—Bangladesh
  • Technology Audit—Nepal
  • Technology Audit—Sri Lanka
  • Rural Energy Transition Pathways: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Mainstreamed Modeling
  • Key Conclusions, Areas for Further Study, and Ways Forward