‘Does a gender and political economy approach provide greater empowerment to women and girls than traditional approaches in the energy sector?’ The response to this question is expected to be provided by the project on the political economy of energy sector dynamics vis-à-vis gender, supported by ENERGIA (a network focussing on gender and energy), part of the ETC Foundation, the Netherlands. MSSRF is the lead organisation working in partnership with the Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal, as consortium partner. The research aims to contribute to the incorporation of gender concerns and women’s rights in 3 levels of energy policy — policy formulation (macro), administration (meso) and implementation (micro) — by creating better understanding of the issues through a political economy approach, studying the formal and informal power exercised in energy policy and by strengthening marginalised groups and women’s agency. The geographical scope of this project is rural and peri-urban areas in Kailali region of Nepal Koraput, Odisha in India.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.