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CSD NGO Women's Caucus


SAGEN to Hold a Planning and Capacity Building Meeting for the Earth Summit 2002 and Beyond.

Dates: 20-21 August, 2001

Prepared by:

Ms Tieho Theoha – Gender and Energy Project and

Dr Hesphina Rukato – Energy Programme Manager

Minerals and Energy Policy Centre

May 2001



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 network.

The 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:

Strengthen the role of women in sustainable energy development through the exchange of information, training, research, advocacy and action and

To empower communities for sustainable development by providing men and women with sustainable options or energy use.

Activities of the Network

Since 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. 

Some 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.

The 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.

Since 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:

Review and evaluate the progress of the regional and national networks

Identify obstacles and problems encountered

Draft a framework for communication strategies

Develop project ideas for the network and its members

Streamline activities to be undertaken at national and regional levels

Identify funding strategies for implementing proposed plan of action and project activities.

Expected Outputs

The expected outputs of the meeting are:

A detailed work-plan  for the forthcoming World Summit 2002 and beyond

A communication strategy for the network

Strategies for fundraising and proposals for funding activities for the national and regional network

An allocation of responsibilities for proposal writing and fund-raising.

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.

About MEPC

Minerals 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.

Within 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 sectors.

Within 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.


OPET: Organisation for the Promotion of Clean and Efficient Energy Technologies

BOTEC: Botswana Technology Centre

ProBEC: Programme on Biomass Energy Conservation

DRFN: Desert Research Foundation of Namibia

ENERGIA: International Network on Women and Sustainable Energy

Netwise: Regional Environmental Network

SEED: Sustainable Energy, Environment and Development Programme


SAGEN Planning and Capacity Building Meeting

20-21 August,  2001

Day 1

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks; Introductions
Hesphina Rukato/ Director MEPC/

8:45 a.m.
Keynote address; Minister/Deputy Minister- Department of  Minerals and Energy, South Africa (or representative)

9:00 a.m.
SAGEN Background, revisiting the objectives and presentation of activities within the region and in South Africa.
Tieho Theoha, MEPC

9:30 a.m.
South African Case Study – presentation of background paper  Pretty Javu, Department of Minerals and Energy


Gender analysis of South African government policy (with reference to DME and DEA&T)  Background paper
Tieho Theoha and Hesphina Rukato

10:30 a.m. Tea Break

11:00 a.m.
5-minute Presentation of national situation analysis and national network’s activities
Focal Points


1:00 p.m. Lunch Break

2:00 p.m.
Presentation by ENDA Senegal on the East African Gender and Energy Network activities,
Fatima Denton, ENDA -Senegal

2:30 p.m.
Presentation and discussion of the Regional Network Proposal, Pamela Cunnyworth/Annabel Waititu, ELCI, Kenya

3:00 p.m.
Plenary: Strategies for gender mainstreaming in energy policy process and project implementation
Facilitator: Colleen Lorna-Morwa/ Pretty Javu

3:30 p.m. Tea Break

3:30 p.m.
Group Work: Consolidation of project ideas and framework for communication strategies. Operationalisation of project ideas, drafting of work plans for implementation

4:15 p.m.
Presentation of Work Plans (by country??)

4:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks , Hesphina Rukato; End of Day 1

Day 2

8:30 a.m.
Recap, Presentation of the day’s programme
Tieho Theoha

9:00 a.m.
Streamlining of national and regional activities. Presentation of MEPC’s proposed structure on the roles of the secretariat; national networks and focal points

Proposed Structure by ELCI
Tieho, Hesphina and Pamela/Annabel


10:30 a.m. Tea Break

11:00 a.m.
Plenary: Fund-raising and funding strategies
Facilitator: Hesphina

11:30 a.m.
Presentation of GENIE programme and database

Tieho/ Pamela
12:45 p.m.Conclusion and Closure  (Hesphina/ Colleen/ Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism)

1:00 p.m. Lunch


Media Coverage:
Colleen Lorna- Morwa – Gender Links Associates;

Minu Hemmati  - UNED Forum, Women Caucus Group

List 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

Miranda Miles, University of Witwatersrand

2.          Sub- Regional Counterparts and Network Members


Emma Nthunya, National University of Lesotho

Jerry Seitlheko, Department of Energy 


Sibusiso Dlamini, Department of Energy

Mduduzi Mathunjwa, University of Namibia


Nozipho Dithlale, Botswana Technology Centre

Nick Ndaba, OPET-SADC/ Botswana Technology Centre

N.N.,  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


N.N., IUCN-Rosa


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


3.          Regional Counterparts


Fatima Denton, ENDA – East African sub-Regional Network Coordinator


Pamela Cunnyworth, ELCI – West African sub-Regional and African Regional Network Coordinator

Annabel Waititu, ELCI

4.        International Counterparts


UNED Forum