Paving a Path for a More Inclusive and Diverse Power Sector

A technician at Kaduna Distribution Company tests a meter to ensure all distributed meters are in good working condition.
Integrating social inclusion and diversity across the power sector is crucial to creating an equitable sector that responds to the needs of end users.

Recommendations: Legal, Policy, and Regulatory Frameworks

While Nigeria is a signatory to numerous important and binding international instruments that highlight the country’s commitment to social inclusion and diversity, there is a need to incorporate more international provisions into domestic law.

Recommendations: Workforce Profile and Practices

In Nigeria, women and persons with disabilities are minority groups within the sector workforce. Based on key informant interviews, it was determined this grouping is due to cultural perceptions of their capacities and the participation gap in science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields.

A man in a wheelchair working on a laptop.
By creating an accessible workplace, companies can build diverse, dynamic, and inclusive teams.
  • redesign outreach for vacancy advertisements;
  • optimize the visibility of women and persons with disabilities by highlighting them in media, websites, brochures, and other promotional materials; and
  • include provisions for disability-inclusive infrastructure in workplace budgets, policies, and workspace design.

Recommendations: Value Chain Entry Points

The power sector provides limited provisions to address the electricity-related needs of socially excluded communities. Further, of these provisions, many are not enforced. Power sector services and products are not developed, designed, marketed, or adapted to address the particular needs of diverse groups. Poor engagement of persons with disabilities, women, and other marginalized groups in power sector planning and development is a major challenge and although provisions address customer service and complaints, most communities said their efforts to get service or resolve complaints were ineffective.

Nigeria woman looking at off-grid solar products.
In Lagos, Nigeria, our partner Solar Sister is promoting clean electricity access in off-grid communities and empowering rural women through entrepreneurship.



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