For people living in the small, rural communities of Nigeria and the Côte d'Ivoire, access to electricity is very limited. Having access to electricity would mean access to time-saving technology that can increase people’s productivity inside and outside of the home. However, linking isolated communities with the national electricity grid can be very costly and calls for alternative, cost-effective approaches. Additionally, electrification is likely to affect men and women differently due to social norms and the opportunities available in the local economy.
In Nigeria and the Côte d'Ivoire, teams of local PEP researchers and policymakers investigated how to increase rural electricity access and the gendered impacts thereof. Members of these PEP project teams will discuss what can be done to increase rural electrification in a way that works for women during a free webinar on March 12, 2021.