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People are at the heart of the clean energy transition. In the dynamic landscape of the energy sector, individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities play a pivotal role in shaping our sustainable energy future. Whether they are advocating for policy changes, engineering innovative technologies, or monitoring the operation of hydropower facilities, people from all walks of life are driving progress and change.

In this context, it is essential to emphasise the pivotal roles played by women and youth in the energy sector's transformation. Encouraging their active participation is not only a matter of gender and generational equity but also a strategic move for innovation and diversity. By creating opportunities, offering mentorship and providing support, the energy sector can unlock a wealth of untapped talent, ideas and perspectives. Recognising the value of these voices makes the sector more inclusive but also enhances its resilience and responsiveness to evolving energy needs and challenges.  

It is equally crucial to recognise that sustainable hydropower practice requires the active participation of all stakeholders. This means involving not only government agencies and industry experts but also local communities, indigenous groups, environmental organisations, and civil society.

Diverse stakeholders must be embraced and robust mechanisms must also be established to identify vulnerable workers and regions - and tailor support programmes accordingly. This commitment to inclusivity, combined with targeted support, not only ensures projects are designed and operated with sensitivity to local needs and environmental considerations but also fosters transparency, accountability and the promotion of a social license to operate.


At the IHA, we are committed to driving positive change in the energy sector, ensuring a sustainable and inclusive future. We actively engage in research, collaboration and the development of essential resources to promote gender equality and social responsibility within the hydropower industry.

One of IHA’s key initiatives involves collaborating with the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) on a study published by the World Bank Group’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). Our joint research and analysis is contained in the report Power with full force – Getting to gender equality in the hydropower sector.

The report underscores the critical role of gender equality in the hydropower sector, emphasising that to fulfil its vital role in the transition to low-carbon energy systems, the industry must tap into a diverse talent pool. That necessitates expanding education and training programs aimed at building an inclusive and balanced workforce to ensure that the creation of new, high-quality jobs benefits men and women equally.

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