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Gender, improved cook stoves and development in Kenya: a literature review

Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals requires urgent action to increase energy access and supply, improve energy efficiency and enhance energy management and institutions. A big investment is required to meet the growing energy needs. Kenya’s Vision 2030 proposes development projects that will increase the demand on energy supply. The country must therefore generate more energy at a lower cost and increase efficiency in energy consumption. Gender mainstreaming in energy projects will ensure that the investments are more effective and have a higher development impact. It will also support in the implementation of the 1976 Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform of Action which advocate for increasing the role of women in poverty reduction, in the economy, power and decision making and in institutions.