Gender equality, social equity and poverty reduction (gesep) are both outcomes of and conditions for sustainable transitions and therefore mainstreamed throughout the BiH SuTra programme.
Incorporating a gesep approach is crucial for the success and sustainability of BiH SuTra. Research shows that environmental initiatives that neglect social dimensions often fail to achieve their desired outcomes and exacerbate existing inequalities. Studies also highlight the interconnectedness of gender disparities, social inequities, and poverty, and their impact on sustainable development. The Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved by actively promoting gender equality, social equity, and poverty eradication since gender equality, social equity, and poverty eradication are both a goal and a condition. A gesep approach acknowledges that sustainable development goals cannot be achieved without actively promoting gender equality, ensuring social equity, and uplifting marginalized communities affected by poverty.
BiH SuTra thus includes a gesep focus since gender equality, social equity and poverty eradication are fundamental for achieving a just transition. But a gesep approach is also necessary for energy transitions to be successful; by addressing gender disparities and promoting equal opportunities for people of all genders, and by promoting equitable opportunities for all, BiH SuTra contributes to tapping into the full potential of all individuals, fostering innovation, resilience, and social cohesion. By considering the needs and aspirations of marginalized groups, vulnerable communities, and individuals affected by the transition, the project can prevent further social inequalities and ensure that the benefits of sustainable development are shared equitably. Overall, by integrating gender equality, social equity, and poverty lens, BiH SuTra fosters a more just, inclusive, and sustainable transition, leaving a positive and lasting impact in Bosnia and Herzegovina, transforming the transition process into an opportunity for positive change and shared prosperity for all.