#12 The PIDG Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion initiative
A year on from our last International Women’s Day conversation about gender lens investing, much has been done to advance the agenda. PIDG’s own efforts have evolved, leading to the creation of the PIDG Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion initiative, GEDI.
In this episode we learn about the three main pillars of the GEDI, and how PIDG is broadening its mandate, redefining what it means to be inclusive. We learn about the projects that demonstrate PIDG’s commitment to the GEDI, including a look at its work with Acorn Student housing in Kenya. And we learn about new gender analysis tools which are proving invaluable in this field, as well as PIDG’s involvement in the 2X Global initiative.
Our guests are:
Celia Carbajosa, Sustainable Development Impact Adviser at PIDG
Emily Wood, Head of Social Performance and Safeguarding at PIDG
To find out more about PIDG’s approach to gender lens investing, visit our website.
Many know about the climate crisis, but what’s often less covered is the biodiversity crisis. However, the two crises are intimately linked, and it’s critical that both are considered in our approach to investing in infrastructure. With the biodiversity conference COP15 underway we’re finding out how and why we need to take action to halt and reverse nature loss.
With the COP27 climate conference in Egypt now at a close, the PIDG team has been reflecting on the outcomes. With the focus firmly on climate adaptation and resilience, rather than emissions reductions, we ask - are our climate goals ambitious enough? Many of the countries in which PIDG operates are the most vulnerable to climate change, and that’s why it's working hard across its portfolio to invest in sustainable infrastructure.
As we reflect on 2021, we see that despite the pandemic-induced challenges of the last two years, amazing developments have been made in providing infrastructure to those who need it most. In this current global climate, PIDG’s mission is more relevant today than when it was first established. And with 19 projects closed last year, and a continued commitment to the SDGs, progress is not slowing down.
Many ‘first of its kind’ projects can’t get off the ground, despite their potential to create real impact. Particularly in low and middle income settings, infrastructure projects facing unusually high development costs may not be deemed financially viable. And that’s where PIDG Technical Assistance comes in, to bridge the financing gap and meet a range of needs associated with the infrastructure project development cycle.