APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
ExxonMobil, Ashoka's Changemakers, and ICRW will expand the reach of high-impact and sustainable innovations that access energy technologies to help advance women economically. Innovations include combining solar-powered pump drip irrigation systems and improving women's access to mechanized farming equipment for more sustainable, efficient and profitable agricultural production. Activities will include grants to innovators with measurable outcomes and consultative business support. In addition, innovators will have the opportunity to engage with experts at the Clinton Global Initiative and utilize the Ashoka's Changemakers Discovery Framework to better understand the challenges and opportunities in bringing their concepts to scale.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
This commitment will be executed through the following tactics:
- GRANTS to select innovators with an emphasis on supporting, scaling, and replicating business models that integrate appropriate energy technologies and align with ExxonMobil's objectives and criteria. Findings from ICRW's research and the Women / Tools / Technology Challenge will define high impact and sustainable investment areas.
- PARTICIPATION IN THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE for innovators to engage with experts to identify solutions to the challenges of scaling up and replicating proven concepts.
- THE ASHOKA'S CHANGEMAKERS DISCOVERY FRAMEWORK will build on knowledge from the Women / Tools / Technology Challenge to better understand the barriers innovators face and opportunities for scale and greater impact.
- CONSULTING SUPPORT FROM TEM LAB will provide in-field consultations to diagnose business problems and opportunities with the goal of strengthening program effectiveness.
- January - August 2011: In-Field Consultations with TEM Lab
Women can be a critical force to address the challenges facing the developing world. Research has shown that when women participate in the economy, there are many positive economic and development outcomes for children, families, and societies. Such multiplier effects include lower infant mortality rates, higher investments in education, and increased community stability.
However, a significant barrier to economic advancement is a lack of access to energy. An estimated 1.6 billion people in the world have no access to electricity and approximately 2.4 billion rely on biomass fuels like wood, charcoal, or dung for cooking and heating. This undermines the productivity, education, health, and safety of these people - 70 percent of whom are women and girls.
To help address this need, ExxonMobil's CGI commitment focuses on identifying and deploying technologies that provide women with access to energy as a key element of economic empowerment. Overcoming this barrier improves women's productivity and effective participation in the economy and the well-being of their families and entire communities.
ExxonMobil will follow-up on last year's commitment by supporting some of the proven concepts identified through the Women / Tools / Technology: Building Opportunities & Economic Power Challenge, which identified 268 innovations from 67 countries. As part of this commitment, ExxonMobil will work with our partners Ashoka's Changemakers, ICRW, and TEM Lab to support the further development of a number of concepts involving the use of innovative technologies to enable women's access to energy in a sustainable and scalable manner.
OFFERING: Best Practice Information
Best practice information on the role of technology and creating economic opportunities for women from the ICRW white paper Bridging the Gender Divide: How Technology Can Advance Women Economically (part of the 2009 commitment) and findings from the forthcoming Discovery Framework.