Shortlist And GEAPP Announce New Findings That Can Help in the Advancement and Retention Of Women in the African Clean Energy Sector

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Key Facts
This new report provides crucial insights from over 150 professionals in sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting the persistent gender inequity within the traditionally male-dominated clean energy sector.
It offers the sector's first pay equity analysis, showcasing the positive yet unequal impact of job training and placement programs on women's salaries compared to their male counterparts.
The report also synthesises recommendations for clean energy companies to improve women's representation and success within the industry.

Lagos, Nigeria | 1 March 2024 – Shortlist and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) today released “Empowering Women in Clean Energy: Advancing and Retaining an Equitable Workforce,” a report highlighting new data on the experiences of women in the clean energy sector in Africa. The data, collected from over 150 professionals across sub-Saharan Africa, provides insights on the causes of gender inequity in the traditionally male-dominated industry. The report also features the sector’s first pay equity analysis, revealing the positive but unequal impact of job training and placement programs on salaries in the industry. This report builds on the September 2023 publication, “Bottlenecks and Breakthroughs: Advancing Gender Equity in African Clean Energy,” which investigated the talent pipeline and recruitment barriers for women entering clean energy jobs, and focuses on workplace challenges that limit women’s advancement and retention once they have entered the sector. 

Women remain severely under-represented across levels of management in clean energy companies. Previous research shows that women hold only a quarter of leadership and manager roles at renewable energy companies in sub-Saharan Africa. “Empowering Women in Clean Energy” synthesizes insights from women in the field and presents recommendations for better outcomes, including structured training, mentorship and coaching programs, transparent pathways to promotion, flexible maternity leave policies and access to female role models. 

“As investments in climate and clean energy grow in Africa, we need to pay serious attention to female labor force participation in green jobs,” said Ciara Remerscheid, Director of Shortlist Futures, and author of the report. “This report provides a blueprint for clean energy companies to harness the talent of women throughout their organizations.” 

The reports were funded by GEAPP as part of the “Women for Green Jobs” (W4GJ) program implemented by Shortlist with support from Value for Women. The aim of W4GJ is to help more women access and succeed in clean energy careers in Africa, specifically targeting job placements, career support and employer-level interventions across the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda. This program works with over forty clean energy companies, including Husk Power, Nuru, and Sun King, to support their growth by addressing equitable hiring challenges. 

“Women experience the greatest repercussions of climate change, which amplifies existing gender inequalities. A powerful transformation is underway in the African clean energy sector, as companies are making explicit efforts to hire and retain women at every level,” said Makena Ireri, Director of Demand Jobs and Livelihoods at GEAPP. “As we work to further an equitable green energy transition, we see an unprecedented opportunity to drive greater job and economic opportunities for women,  youth and  low-income communities.” 

“Empowering Women in Clean Energy: Advancing and Retaining an Equitable Workforce” features a gender pay equity analysis of clean energy professionals that have been placed in the W4GJ program over the past five years. The analysis finds that third-party training and placement programs such as W4GJ play a crucial role in boosting compensation parity between male and female employees. While the W4GJ program increased incomes for female candidates in absolute terms, we found that when compared to male peers in the sectors, hourly earnings for men accelerated at a faster pace than women, particularly after the program intervention. 

About Shortlist
Shortlist is a talent advisory firm that provides recruitment services and technology for both leadership hiring and large-scale “impact talent” programs across African startups, social ventures, and mission- driven organizations. Since our founding in 2016, we have helped place over five thousand people into jobs in the global south, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Shortlist is focused on two core offerings: Shortlist Search provides executive search services for leading startups and impact organizations in Africa, while our Shortlist Futures team designs and implements youth employment and apprenticeship programs across Africa in partnership with donors, governments, enterprises, and educators. These programs span several sectors including off-grid energy, climate technology, and global digital economy. For more information, please visit


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The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) is an alliance of philanthropy, governments in emerging and developed economies, and technology, policy, and financing partners. Our common mission is to enable LMIC’s shift to a clean energy, pro-growth model that accelerates universal energy access and inclusive economic growth, while supporting the global community to meet critical climate goals during the next decade. As an alliance we aim to reduce 4 gigatons of future carbon emissions, expand clean energy access to one billion people, and enable 150 million new jobs. With philanthropic partners, IKEA Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Bezos Earth Fund, GEAPP works to build the enabling environment, capacity, and market conditions for private sector solutions, catalyze new business models through innovation and entrepreneurship, and deploy high-risk capital to encourage private sector solutions, and assist just transition solutions. For more information, please visit and follow us on X at @EnergyAlliance.

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Empowering Women in Clean Energy: Advancing and Retaining an Equitable Workforce