#5 PIDG 2020 Annual Review
2020 was a year like no other, one which could only be navigated with fortitude and quick action. As we launch our annual review, it’s clear that amid this pandemic the company’s work in providing infrastructure to the world’s most fragile communities has never been more critical.
In this episode we reflect on everything from PIDG’s pandemic response, to sustainable development, safeguarding and future challenges. Sharing their views on this special edition of the podcast are the Chair of PIDG, Andy Bainbridge, and the CEO Philippe Valahu. They explore the many ways PIDG has continued to innovate during this time of uncertainty, through the development of multiple ‘first of its kind’ projects, the creation of ground-breaking life-saving rules, and its continued efforts to push the boundaries.
Kenya is a crucible of innovation within East Africa. PIDG companies have been based in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, for more than five years, and are helping to pioneer new infrastructure asset classes and private sector investment opportunities.
To deliver meaningful change and improve the lives of people in fragile communities, we must protect those lives as well. One loss of life is unacceptable. This World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we explain why an effective HSES framework is an essential part of delivering large-scale infrastructure projects. With the advent of the global covid-19 pandemic, the world is waking up to the importance of HSES now more than ever, and PIDG is continuously enhancing its protocols to keep pace.
Gender-blind infrastructure projects lead to massive failings across the board, creating problems that last for decades. Ignoring the needs and expertise of women not only puts them at risk, it also puts a strain on business performance. That’s where gender lens investing comes in.
Infrastructure projects have a long life cycle, so the choices we make today directly impact our future. So as the world strives to hit net zero emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement, it’s vital that the long-term implications of infrastructure investments are addressed.