Regional Workshop on Promoting Gender Equality in the Infrastructure for Africa

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From: 22/03/2011
To: 24/03/2011
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Increasing women’s access to infrastructure services (energy, transport, water and irrigation), is crucial for women’s economic empowerment and well-being.  In 2007 the Multilateral Development Banks Working Group on Gender agreed to jointly enhance the efforts to mainstream a gender perspective into their respective operations in these sectors.  To this end it initiated regional workshops to build the capacity of sector experts in the client countries and respective institutions. 

The regional workshop for the Africa region is the third in the series of similar workshops held for the Asia Pacific Region (2008) and the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (2009).  The event was held in March 22-24, 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and brought together about 145 government officials, practitioners, researchers, experts from MDBs, representatives of UN agencies and bi-lateral organizations and non-governmental organizations.  Seventeen countries from RMCs participated to the workshop.  The event was financially supported by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank.  The main objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Develop the capacity of staff at MDBs and in client countries to mainstream gender in infrastructure operations throughout the project cycle, including during the results monitoring and impact evaluation phases;
  • Introduce participants to analytical tools with which to mainstream gender in infrastructure projects and sector policies;
  • Share knowledge and good practices from the field;
  • Promote gender equality in infrastructure policies, programs and projects, which are key national priorities and which represent a substantial share of international and bilateral development assistance;
  • Develop a common platform for discussion of gender equality issues experienced in infrastructure projects and policies across MDBs; and
  • Identify key entry points for policy-dialogue.

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