SSE #8 – South Africa

Supporting Collaboration between ECOWAS Gender Focal Units

Synopsis of Exchange

Peer-to-peer exchange for international experts to share knowledge and experience on monitoring and evaluation of climate action under the CBIT project of South Africa in preparation for implementing the enhanced transparency framework under the Paris Agreement.

The South South Exchange was delivered in collaboration with ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to facilitate and fast-track operationalization of the National Action Plans (NAPs) toward complementing the Women and Clean Energy in West Africa (WOCEWA) initiative.  The initiative facilitated key discussions and concerns from the Gender Mainstreaming Session, underscoring the commitment to advancing gender equality in the energy sector in West Africa. Participants acknowledged achievements and challenges and expressed the need for continued support, collaboration, and exchange of ideas toward operationalization of regional policy and programmes. 

Participant countries: Malawi, Kenya, Gambia, Ghana, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa

Venues: South Africa: Pretoria, Canada and USA

Objectives

The workshop aimed to create a platform where Gender Focal Units (GFUs) from the respective ECOWAS Member States to exchange knowledge and best practices and at the same time learn from each other’s experiences concerning how to facilitate and fast-track operationalization of the NAPs. 

Status: completed

Implementation 

The one-day workshop was held on October 12, 2024 as a side event during the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum 2023 in Praia, Cabo Verde. On 13 October, there was a Panel Discussion Session titled Women and Youth in Clean Energy in West Africa”. The two events were simultaneously interpreted in the three languages and were also online through zoom.  The exchange provided an opportunity to outline key discussions and concerns from the Gender Mainstreaming Session, underscoring the commitment to advancing gender equality in the energy sector in West Africa. Participants acknowledged achievements and challenges and expressed the need for continued support, collaboration, and exchange of ideas toward operationalization of regional policy and programmes. Part 1 Washington DC: Last week of October 2023; Part 2: Canada, February 13th – 18th 2024; Part 3: Pretoria, South Africa, March 11th – 15th 2024.

Outcomes

Based on the SSE initiative, the following are notable: 

  • Extent of implementation of the NAPs in respective Member States was reported by the GFUs;
  • The GFUs were able to exchange knowledge, and also share their challenges, best practices, and recommendations on implementation of NAPs with each other;  
  • The GFU members are sensitized and capacitated on improving the NAP implementation.

This exchange provided a platform to gather various GFUs of the ECOWAS Member States toward deliberation on the ways to facilitate and fast-track implementation on the NAPs. The enthusiasm and high level of interactions among the participants are among the indications of meeting the project objectives.