CSD NGO Women's Caucus
SOUTHERN AFRICAN GENDER AND
ENERGY NETWORK (SAGEN)
to Hold a Planning and Capacity Building Meeting for the Earth Summit 2002
Dates: 20-21 August, 2001
Ms Tieho Theoha
– Gender and Energy Project and
Rukato – Energy Programme Manager
Energy Policy Centre
The Southern African Gender and
Energy Network is a regional network covering six
Southern African countries namely: Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia,
South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Each
of the participating countries has a national network on Gender and Energy.
The regional network for Southern Africa is affiliated to the International
Network on Women and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA).
The network has focal points in all participating countries.
The Minerals and Energy Policy Centre (MEPC) is co-ordinating the
network as well as serving as the national focal point for the South African
Southern African Gender and Energy Network was formed during a regional
workshop on Women and Sustainable Energy in Africa, which took place in
March 2000 in Nairobi, Kenya. This network is envisaged to work in
collaboration with existing regional networks such as Organisation for the
Promotion of Clean and Efficient Energy Technologies-SADC (Minerals and
Energy Policy Centre and Botswana technology Centre); Netwise (Desert
Research Foundation of Namibia), Programme on Biomass Energy Conservation (GTZ,
Zimbabwe) and many others.
The Objectives of the Network
The objectives of the network are to:
Activities of the Network
its inception, the network has acquired SEED funding through ENERGIA.
The money has been allocated to produce three background papers that
will serve as a resource within the Southern African region.
The background papers cover the following topics: regional
environmental change and its potential impacts on energy access; gender
differentiated impacts of rural electrification projects and power sector
reform; and climate change implications: a gendered perspective.
of the national networks have also acquired SEED funding through ENERGIA to
implement different activities such as workshops and surveys to mainstream
gender in implementing energy projects.
network, like ENERGIA is a loose network rather that a formal institution,
and seeks to identify interventions, encourage and if possible assist
members and their institutions to undertake decentralised initiatives in
empowering women and engendering energy.
inception in 2000, the network has not had a planning session. In addition,
due to the region, and South Africa in particular, now having been confirmed
host to the 2002 Earth Summit, there is now an urgent need to plan for Earth
Summit 2002 and beyond.
Objectives of the Meeting
The objectives of the meeting are to:
expected outputs of the meeting are:
The Planning Meeting
The meeting will be held at the
Minerals and Energy Policy Centre (MEPC) for one and half days. It is
important to have two representatives from each country.
This will facilitate continuity should one institution experience
problems in the future. Such representation will come from government as
well as non-governmental organisation. Government
participation is important to ensure that all endeavours are recognised at
policy level. A non-governmental
organisation’s presence will foster the integration of issues at the
project formulation and implementation levels.
and Energy Policy Centre is a non-governmental organisation, created to
assist in the transformation of the minerals and energy sectors. The
organisation raises its own income through commercial research.
The organisation focuses on policy process facilitation, research and
advocacy, stakeholder's capacity building and networking on information
resources. Most of its work is done in the Southern African Region, with few
projects going beyond into the sub-Saharan Africa.
the energy programme the areas of focus are: energy policy research, climate
change, renewable energy, gender and energy, regulatory frameworks, energy
and environment and sub-sectors focus e.g. petroleum, gas and electricity
the Gender and Energy Project MEPC strives to build capacity for gender
mainstreaming and information linkages; to ensure wider women's
participation throughout the whole process of energy policy formulation as
well as policy and project implementation.
Organisation for the Promotion of Clean and Efficient Energy Technologies
BOTEC: Botswana Technology Centre
on Biomass Energy Conservation
DRFN: Desert Research Foundation of Namibia
International Network on Women and Sustainable Energy
Regional Environmental Network
SEED: Sustainable Energy, Environment and Development Programme
Planning and Capacity Building Meeting
10:30 a.m. Tea Break
1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
3:30 p.m. Tea Break
Structure by ELCI
10:30 a.m. Tea Break
1:00 p.m. Lunch
of Invitees / Prospective Participants:
1. South Africa
Tieho Theoha, Minerals and Energy Policy Centre
Hesphina Rukato, Minerals and Energy Policy Centre
Pretty Javu, Department of Minerals and Energy
Shirley Moroka, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Colleen Lorna-Morwa, Gender links
Wendy Annecke, Energy and Development Research Centre (EDRC)/Consultant
Makume Tlaleane, Heinrich Boll Foundation
Michelle Pressend, Group on Environmental Monitoring
Tebogo Mahapa, Group for Environmental Monitoring
Adele Arendse, Environmental Monitoring Group
Nthabi …, EDRC – Cape Town
Miles, University of Witwatersrand
2. Sub- Regional Counterparts and Network Members
Emma Nthunya, National University of Lesotho
Seitlheko, Department of Energy
Sibusiso Dlamini, Department of Energy
Mathunjwa, University of Namibia
Nozipho Dithlale, Botswana Technology Centre
Nick Ndaba, OPET-SADC/ Botswana Technology Centre
Department of Energy
Washington Nyabeze, WEDS Consulting
Marlis Kees, Programme on Biomass Energy Conservation
Paul Mushamba, Programme on Biomass Energy Conservation
Elizabeth Muguti, Department of Energy
Robert Schultz, Renewable Energy Information Network of Namibia
Catherine Mathews, Desert Research Foundation of Namibia
Georgie Flohlich, Netwise - DRFN
Selma-Penna Utonih, University of Namibia
Lahja Amaambo, Consultant
Jose` Machado Eduardo Mondlane University
Fatima Denton, ENDA – East African sub-Regional Network Coordinator
Cunnyworth, ELCI – West African sub-Regional and African Regional Network