Gender Mainstreaming in UAIMES-PR Programme
In August 2009, TaTEDO signed a one-year contract with ETC Foundation to mainstream gender into the Upscaling Access to Integrated Modern Energy Services for Poverty Reduction (UAIMES-PR) programme. The gender mainstreaming component of the UAIMES-PR programme intended to ensure that the implementation of the programme was gender-sensitive and that outcomes were equityoriented, for the benefit of both men and women. It was also intended to address gender issues in the organisational, institutional, and corporate environment in which energy projects and programmes are developed and implemented.
The gender mainstreaming process involved the preparation of a Gender Action Plan (GAP), employing the steps outlined in the ENERGIA gender mainstreaming handbook. The participatory and interactive approaches that were employed enabled the gender team and the Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and Environment Organisation (TaTEDO) as a whole to actively participate in each stage and generate knowledge and lessons. The GAP thus formulated was instrumental in introducing the initial steps of mainstreaming gender in UAIMES-PR, and also in TaTEDO as an institution.
Despite the fact that the implementation of the GAP in field activities has been delayed, important knowledge, lessons, challenges and experiences have been gained during the initial processes of gender mainstreaming, including development of the knowledge and skills of TaTEDO staff, which are being applied in other programmes and projects.
TaTEDO Gender Action Plan [PDF, 450kb]