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Welcome to AWEEF


The African Women Energy Entrepreneurs Framework (AWEEF) was conceived as per the outcome of the workshop on Women Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Energy (WESE) and the decisions adopted by the African Ministers for Environment during the 16th session of the African Ministerial Conference (AMCEN-16), which took place in Libreville, Gabon in June 2017.!

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Women Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Energy

“Africa 2030: Unlocking Opportunities for Women in Sustainable Energy”
Towards Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and AU Agenda 2


Policy Development & Advocacy

  • Develop and operationalize Gender-Responsive policies on Energy and Women Entrepreneurs
  • Develop and operationalize affirmative actions and accountability mechanisms that will facilitate the effective participation of women entrepreneurs in policy making processes.
  • Promote enabling policy mechanisms informed by gender analysis and sex- and age- disaggregated data to accelerate the sustainable growth
  • Strengthen the role of UN Environment and other development partners in supporting national governments to harmonize, develop and operationalize cross cutting integrated policies
  • Develop and operationalize Gender-Responsive accountability frameworks for monitoring and evaluation

Regional Networking & Capacity Building

  • Develop and operationalize capacity development programmes (scholarships, mentoring, internships and others) for women
  • Integrate gender and sustainable energy curricula into formal educational programmes
  • Sensitize the general public, including men and boys, on the importance of integrating women and girls in the energy sector.
  • Establish a network of African Women Entrepreneurs in the Energy Sector to exchange, learn and share knowledge and resources.

Access to Finance & Markets

  • Remove barriers that hinder women entrepreneurs’ access to affordable finance by promoting innovative financial mechanisms
  • Facilitate access to finance from multi-lateral agencies and development partners
  • Promote an inclusive enabling environment through instruments such as a guarantee facility that allows women to effectively compete in sustainable energy markets.
  • Develop and implement Energy Impact Programme and others that promote women’s entrepreneurship across sustainable energy value chains


  • Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through regional support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection
  • Mobilize additional financial resources from multiple sources and investment promotion regimes implementation
  • Enhance regional cooperation on and access to energy and entrepreneurship, and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms and networks.
  • Enhance policy coordination and policy coherence for sustainable development and ensuring micro and macroeconomic stability while respecting each country’s policy space and leadership


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