Improving the Effectiveness of Energy Interventions Through Gender Empowerment

SPACES FOR CHANGE joined energy researchers from across the globe at the annual meeting of the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (Energia) held in Rwanda between October 20-27, 2018. The meeting brought together 35 energy experts comprising researchers from local and international research organizations, independent think-thanks, national statistical bodies, and members of Technical…

When There is No Kerosene…

Traditionally, women’s use of energy revolves around domestic chores, particularly for cooking and lighting. Changes in energy subsidy policies often force energy (petrol and kerosene) prices to go up, affecting the way women access, use and experience energy in their households. For instance, in January and May 2016, Nigeria’s pricing body that regulates the price…

Policy Research Brief: Kerosene Subsidy Reform and the Burden of Supply

Months after the changes in kerosene subsidy policy,  the product remains scarce, as prices soar across major cities in Nigeria. We advocate that kerosene subsidy reform can have positive effects if it leads to improved energy supply systems, increasing energy access to the poor and the vulnerable, especially women living in communities that lack electricity and energy-efficient services.…

Make Economic Growth Work for Women in Nigeria

In the Nigerian context where women rarely have inheritance or succession rights to property, and are traditionally deprived of important empowering resources – in terms of access to land, education, health care, labor market opportunities – making economic growth work for women means more than reforming economic policies and programs, but also understanding the impacts…

Post-subsidy Removal: How Kerosene Unavailability Disproportionately Affects Women

In January 2016, the Federal Government of Nigeria hiked the price of Household Kerosene (HHK) from N50 per litre to N83 per litre, officially ending subsidy on the product. The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, clarified in its product pricing template that only the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC)-owned filling stations would sell at that…

PHOTOSPEAK: Kerosene Queues Tell the Story of Women’s Energy Poverty

    Forte Oil, Capital Oil and Total PLC have started selling kerosene at N50 per litre at their pump stations in Lagos. Dejection. Exhaustion. Fatigue. Exasperating optimism. These adjectives and many more are insufficient to describe the expression on the faces of tens of thousands of citizens, predominantly women with babies strapped on their…