Sri Lanka gets aid to improve women’s access to electricity

Mar 21, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has been included in programme to promote greater access to clean energy for poor rural women in South Asia funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Japan. “This project will support the mainstreaming of gender-related concerns and approaches in a sector which has largely untapped opportunities for promoting gender equity and for improving the lives of women,” said Yongping Zhai, Director of the Energy Division in ADB’s South Asia Department. A Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction grant of three million US dollars, administered by ADB, will be used to increase income and livelihood opportunities for women in three ADB-financed clean energy projects in Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

“It will also seek to identify pro-poor, gender-inclusive energy practices and policies, with the ultimate goal of integrating them into ADB’s energy operations throughout South Asia,” an ADB statement said.

The grant will help improve service delivery and women’s access to electricity in Eastern Province in Sri Lanka.

It will also fund the training of female technicians to support solar power systems in Bhutan and help strengthen community management of rural electrific