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A Primer: Gender Equality, Infrastructure and PPPs

"How infrastructure, its development, and the policies and regulations play a role in closing gaps between women and men?"

The World Bank Group prepared this primer as an important first step toward gender equality in PPP projects. The primer consolidates and draws from a wide spectrum of examples that cut across sectors to demonstrate how infrastructure, its development...view more

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Introduction: Broader social power structures, norms, and a country’s legal and regulatory environment can impact women’s and men’s abilities to equally benefit from infrastructure services.

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Section One: This section uses the conceptual framework on Gender Equality and Development developed by the 2012 World Development Report and the 2015 World Bank Gender Strategy to frame the interplay between gender equality and infrastructure.

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Section Two: Building on the conceptual framework for understanding gender equality, this section examines best practices with regards to gender equality and infrastructure. It also provides several examples.

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Section Three: This section provides brief and practical guidance on how gender equality can be systematically integrated into PPP projects and frameworks, with a strong results chain between analysis, action, monitoring and evaluation to improve outcomes.

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Section Four: This section provides an analytical tool to help project participants—governments, advisors, and private investors alike—ensure that PPP projects improve equality between women and men.

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Annex: In addition to the content provided in these four sections, the primer has several annexes which provide indepth discussion of key gender equality topics and examples of best practices.