Knowledge Note

"Energy is an essential component of women’s daily lives, from household chores such as cooking and heating to agricultural uses, education, and personal safety"

Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5). SDG7, which calls to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, modern energy for all,” is integral to the achievement of SDG 5. 

Energy is an essential component of women’s daily lives, from household chores such as cooking and heating to agricultural uses, education, and personal safety. Although energy is critical for women’s lives, energy poverty—defined as the absence of choice in accessing adequate, affordable, reliable, high quality, and safe energy services to support economic and human development—still disproportionately affects women.

How to Close Gender Gaps with Results-Based Financing in Energy Projects report serves as a tool to project teams working on Results-Based Financing (RBF) projects in the energy sector. It provides sector-specific entry points, key questions to consider, and sample objectives and indicators that can be used to consider how RBF can be used to close the gender gap.