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30th August 2017

Promoting gender equality and empowerment through infrastructure

Drive to improve outcomes for women and girls in the lowest-income countries launched

A review focusing on how PIDG’s work promotes gender equality and empowerment has been launched at a Women’s Infrastructure Network event in Sydney.

The study, commissioned by one of PIDG’s donors, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), evaluated how gender outcomes are considered and measured by InfraCo Asia, and makes recommendations for potential improvements for PIDG and the sector as a whole.  

PIDG CEO Philippe Valahu said: “We are determined to promote and advance gender equality and women’s empowerment, both through our work in low-income countries and at a corporate level. 

“11.6m women and girls gained access to new or improved infrastructure as a result of PIDG-supported projects in 2016.

“But there is much more to do and we will further improve the way we create and measure gender development impact, building on our role as a leader in this important area.”

InfraCo Asia has begun implementing the recommendations of the review, as a trial for a wider roll-out across all PIDG companies.

Centrally, PIDG will develop new tools to better quantify the gender impact of its work and ensure it is proactively considered in the design and due diligence stages of the projects its companies support.

At a corporate level one of the responsibilities of PIDG’s incoming Chair will be to act as a ‘gender champion’ to ensure that the role of women is considered, developed and advanced at every level of the organisation. 

Read the review in full here.

Read more on PIDG’s approach to gender in our 2016 Annual Report.