Project profile — Enhancing Women’s Leadership and Involvement in Cuba’s Renewable Energy Sector


Cowater International Inc. (61009)
2020-02-19 - 2024-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Cuba (100.00%)


• Energy policy and administrative management:
Energy policy and administrative management (23110) (5.00%)
Energy sector policy, planning and administration (23111) (15.00%)
Energy education/training (23181) (50.00%)
• Hydro-electric power plants:
Hydro-electric power plants (23220) (0.50%)
Solar energy (23230) (29.50%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project supports vulnerable communities in Holguin, particularly women, by improving their access to renewable energy (RE) technology and enhancing women’s involvement in the RE sector. Project activities include: (1) the installation of RE equipment, expected to benefit women-headed households, local and regional health facilities, local child centres and local workers in surrounding agricultural industries; (2) developing RE gender-responsive academic curricula and learning material and enhancing the RE training capacity of women professors in three higher education institutions; (3) implementing strategies that encourage women’s participation and engagement as decision-makers in the RE sector—this includes strategies to increase women’s enrollment RE studies; and (4) working with Cuba’s Ministry of Mines and Energy to develop a gender equality strategy for the RE sector.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased access to renewable energy (RE) for women-headed households and vulnerable communities in Holguin; (2) increased technical knowledge of women in the efficient use of RE solutions; (3) enhanced RE capacity of women and adolescent girl students and women professors in higher educational institutions; (4) increased women’s awareness and interest to engage as decision-makers in the RE sector; and (5) strengthened capacity of Cuba’s Ministry of Mines and Energy to advance Cuba’s gender-sensitive RE strategy.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $1,804,849
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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