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The Role of Infrastructure in Women’s Economic Empowerment

Sponsor: Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network


The objective of this workshop was to bring gender and infrastructure issues to the fore of the development agenda in the broader context of the  TICAD Conference.  Through case studies presented by practitioners, academics, and donor representatives, participants had the opportunity to share experience and knowledge on policies, programs, projects, and tools which have given significant results.  Discussions and interactions enabled participants to start building up a consensus on how to address these issues and to identify potential areas of cooperation for mainstreaming gender in the development of infrastructure in Africa.

Sieleaf Johnson Insert pictureDr. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia Delivered a Keynote Speech (Video)


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Gender and Infrastructure Workshop

The Role of Infrastructure in Women’s Economic Empowerment

9:00 am-12:00pm, May 29, 2008

Venue:InterContinentalYOKOHAMA, THE GRAND, Pearl Room

9:00-9:15 Welcoming remarks:

9:15-9:30 Keynote Speech: Dr. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia (Video)

The Challenge of Gender Equity in Infrastructure Reconstruction in Liberia

9:35-10:15 Panel 1: Infrastructure and Entrepreneurship (Video)

Chair, Ms.Dominique Lallement , Gender and Infrastructure Consultant,
previously ESMAP Manager, World Bank

Speaker 1:  David Donaldson, Senior Manager, IFC,  Infrastructure, Sub-Saharan Africa, Village Phone Program in Nigeria (Video)

Speaker 2: Ms. Bharati Chaturvedi, President and Founder, Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, Women Entrepreneurs in Urban Waste Management , India (PowerPoint 1.7MB)


10:15-11:00 Panel 2: Infrastructure and Social Empowerment (Video)

Chair: Mr. Tsutomu Uchida, Deputy Director General,
Sector Strategy Development Department and
Director, Social Development Division, Sector Strategy Development Department, JBIC

Speaker 1: Mr. Eddy Purwanto, Chief Operating Officer,Indonesia/Rehabilitation and Reconstruction NAD-Nias Executing Agency, Aceh Tsunami Reconstruction project (PowerPoint 8.7MG)

Speaker 2: Mr.Takeo Ishikawa, Division Director, Water Resources Division II,
Water Resources and Disaster Management Group, Global Environment Department, JICA on PEPTAC (safe water and community participation in Senegal) (PowerPoint 3MB)


11:00-11:45 Panel 3: Infrastructure and Gender Risks and Vulnerabilities (Video)

Chair: Mr. Nobuhiko Fuwa, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, Chiba University , Japan & Fellow, SEARCA ( Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture), Los Banos, Philippines.

Speaker 1: Ms. Ruvimbo Mabeza-Chimedza, Free l ance consultant, Gender, Agriculture, and Rural Infrastructure, Zimbabwe (PowerPoint 29.5KB)

Speaker 2: Ms. Esther Mwaura-Muiru, Director, GROOTS, Kenya, Gender Dimension of Climate Change (PowerPoint PDF 280KB


 11:45-12:00 Concluding remarks
  • Professor Yoriko Meguro, Department of Sociology, Sophia University, Tokyo ( Video)
  • Dominique Lallement, World Bank ( Video)



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Last updated: 2008-06-06

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