This paper examines the hypothesis that improved energy services contribute towards the attainment of Millenium Development Goal 1, which is targeted at reducing extreme poverty and hunger, specifically for women. The paper considers the various ways in which gender-and-energy interventions can contribute towards the achievement of MDG1 and examines available secondary literature to explore whether there is sufficient empirical evidence to support the hypothesis.
The paper is structured as follows. Section 1 is the introductory section, which outlines the objectives of the research, followed by methodology used and the challenges encountered in section 2. Section 3 presents a review of the current thinking on linkages between gender and energy and MDG1. The next section summarizes the findings of this research, i.e. empirical evidence linking gender-and-energy and MDG1. Some conclusions and priorities for research on gender, energy and MDG 1 are presented at the end of the paper. Detailed tables with the evidence and references for each indicator are annexed and a bibliography included.