In recent years the term and concept Low Carbon Development (LCD) has entered the development lexicon. It is supposed to set countries on low carbon trajectory paths. Definitions of what constitutes LCD vary, yet what the various actors – NGOs, development agencies, business and governmental bodies – share is their complete lack of gender awareness. Hardly any publication or debate mentions gender.
We would like to fill this void and initiate a discussion on what gender sensitive low carbon development would look like. Gotelind Alber has drafted a paper suggesting criteria for gender sensitive LCD. The paper is now open for discussion.
Structure of this module
Firstly we would like to discuss the criteria for gender sensitive Low Carbon Development. These will set out strategies for the kind of overall framework needed. Secondly we will discuss and develop criteria for projects, programmes and policies - what would gender sensitive Low Carbon Development look like when put into practice? Lastly, we will seek to write up a checklist for projects and measures so that they are gender sensitive in their low carbon development objective.
For those unfamilar with Low Carbon Development, please read Gotelind Alber's full paper. At the end it includes a table indicating what mitigation and Low Carbon Development all entails. You can download the full paper below (PDF) or continue reading in this module, which is organized around Alber's suggested criteria for gender sensitive LCD.