Advancing Gender Equality in the Environment: Making the Case for Gender Equality in Large-Scale Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development


United States Agency International Develpment
1 May 2018

This brief provides an overview of the gender dimensions of planning and building large-scale renewable energy infrastructure, such as hydropower and geothermal plants, solar arrays and wind parks generating 10 megawatts or more. While the practices and lessons highlighted in the brief can be applied to energy infrastructure projects in general, it focuses on renewable energy infrastructure projects in line with current investment trends. The brief presents the impacts that large-scale renewable energy infrastructure development can have on communities and introduces entry points for advancing gender equality. The brief outlines potential gender entry points, such as impact assessment and compensation plans and closes with a list of recommendations with links to resources for stakeholders, including policymakers, practitioners and private sector decision makers.