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Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Infrastructure Projects and Policies

Africa Regional Workshop

MDB-Sponsored Regional Workshops to Mainstream Gender Equality in Infrastructure Policies and Projects

The workshop focused on mainstreaming gender in infrastructure projects. It was a part of a regional series sponsored by the Multilateral Development Banks Gender Working Group, that seeks to promote the third Millennium Development Goal (Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women).* It brought together development practitioners from the public and private sectors, government agencies and academia, to build practical, hands-on skills for mainstreaming gender in the entire project cycle. There were over 130 participants, with 80 from African countries and 20 from MDBs and development partners. The format allowed participants to share knowledge and best practices for mainstreaming gender in infrastructure projects across the world, and addressed real-time issues, such as client needs in light of the current international economic crisis. Please scroll down and click agenda tab to see presentation materials from the workshop.

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The workshop aimed to:

  • develop the capacity of MDBs’ and client country staff to mainstream gender in infrastructure operations throughout the project cycle, including results monitoring and evaluation;
  • introduce the participants to different analytical tools to mainstream gender in infrastructure projects and sectors;
  • share knowledge and experiences on gender equality in infrastructure projects;
  • promote gender equality in infrastructure policies, programs and projects, which are key national priorities and represent a substantial share of international and bilateral development assistance;
  • develop a common platform of work across MDBs; and
  • Identify key entry points for policy dialogue.

By mainstreaming gender in infrastructure projects, the ultimate aim is to::

  • (i) Foster equal participation of women and men in infrastructure projects design, implementation and equal sharing of benefits;
  • (ii) Ensure that women’s needs as well as men’s needs for infrastructure services are taken into account; and
  • (iii) Ensure women’s economic empowerment, through equal access to (a) the infrastructure labor and other markets and (b) the opportunity to create enterprises directly or indirectly related to infrastructure investments and development, including having women-owned enterprises participate fairly in bidding for works and services.

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The main sectors covered by the workshop were: Energy, Transport, Water and Sanitation, and Irrigation.

The first workshop in this series took place in Manila in the Philippines, in November 2008, under the joint leadership of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. The second was held in Lima in December 2009, under the joint leadership of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, with the co-sponsorship of the Caribbean Development Bank.

The workshop was designed to give participants the opportunity to learn from successful projects – in the Africa Region, in Latin America, Asia, and Central Europe. The projects which were highlighted focused upon key infrastructure sectors, and there were brainstorming sessions on how participants may integrate best gender practice into their own activities, and to establish a common platform moving forward.

The workshop was sequentially structured as follows:

Module 1 (Plenary 1): Understanding the macro-perspective: Emerging Consensus on Gender and Development: Institutional Perspectives

Module 2 (Plenaries 2 and 3, and simultaneous parallel sessions): Understanding the sector perspectives and learning from experience: Engendering Infrastructure Sectors in Africa: Issues, Challenges, and Good and Innovative Practices in:

  • Transport-related Infrastructure Policies and Projects;
  • Energy-related Infrastructure Policies and Projects;
  • Water and Sanitation Policies and Projects; and
  • Irrigation Projects Policies and Projects.

Module 3 (Plenaries 4, 5, 6 and Working Groups): The means, tools, and risks to achieve results.Tools for Mainstreaming Gender in Infrastructure Sectors Policies and Projects and Managing Risks

Module 4 (Plenaries 7 and 8): The macro and sector frameworks and good practices to measure results and impacts: Monitoring Gender Equality in Infrastructure Policies and Projects

Module 5 (Plenaries 9 and 10 and working groups): Committing to results and actions for mainstreaming gender into country-level infrastructure programs: Planning for Action

In light of lessons learned at the Manila and Lima workshops, senior level decision-makers from governments and development institutions were invited to participate. In addition to government officials, staff were present from implementation agencies, financing institutions, MDBs, the private sector, civil society organizations, academia, and selected donor organizations. There were more than about 130 participants, with 80 from African countries and 20 from MDBs and development partners.

The MDBs will produce a publication on Gender and Infrastructure. It will include lessons learned, case materials and details of the tools developed as a result of the workshops. In addition, the documentation will be posted on the websites of sponsoring institutions.

Please contact:
Kayoko Shibata, or Dominique Lallement

Synopsis in English | Concept Note in French

* The Multilateral Development Bank Gender Working Group was set up in 2001 with the aim of strengthening information sharing and collaboration among Multilateral Development Banks on gender equality in operations. Members include the Asian Development Bank, the African Development, Inter-American Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the World Bank.

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Resources on Irrigation

Resources on Transport

Resources on Water

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