"Every 24 hours, nearly 33,000 youth across Africa join the search for employment. About 60% will be joining the army of the unemployed. A report from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees released this month claims that seven in ten of those heading for Europe are not refugees fleeing war or persecution, but economic migrants in search of better lives.


A thee-day policy dialogue organised by the African Union Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to find ways to deepen gender equality in Africa has opened in Accra. 

The dialogue is titled: “Mainstreaming Gender in Regional Economic Communities in Africa: Documenting Existing Models for Accelerating Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.”    


The research project, ‘Exploring Factors that Enhance and restrict Women’s Empowerment through Electrification’ (EFEWEE) is supported by DFID and ENERGIA. It aims to examine the factors that enhance or restrict women's opportunities and empowerment through electrification both as users and as actors in electricity provision and will recommend policies, strategies and project design for enhancing women's empowerment.

So far the project has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, India and Nepal. 



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