Exploring factors that influence the mainstreaming of gendered energy interventions in poor urban environments : a structured literature review
CITATION: Oosthuizen, L., De Kock, I. H. & Musango, J. K. 2020.. Exploring factors that influence the mainstreaming of gendered energy interventions in poor urban environments : a structured literature review. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 31(3):83-96, doi:10.7166/31-3-2421.
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Energy sectors are faced with the interconnected challenges of urbanisation and providing a growing population with accessible and sustainable energy that facilitates economic development, energy security, and poverty reduction. The Sustainable Development Goals address issues that include poverty, gender equality, energy, and sustainable cities, and highlight the need to improve the lives of poor communities and to address economic marginalisation. However, recent studies show that poor urban areas have a considerable number of female-lead households. Energy is a critical input for these households, resulting in women being increasingly vulnerable to unsustainable energy consumption patterns and energy insecurity. In this article, a structured literature review is conducted to investigate energy technologies that contribute to energy security among energy-poor women. The key factors to consider in the mainstreaming of a gender perspective into energy technology innovations are then identified and contextualised. How these factors can help achieve the sustainable development goals and contribute to ensuring sustainable energy sectors is also highlighted.
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