#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.
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.
As governments come under fire over a lack of action on climate change, it’s becoming increasingly clear that words are not enough. At PIDG we take our role in climate action seriously - it’s a major consideration in every single investment and operation decision we make. Lower income countries, those that PIDG operates in, may produce the least carbon emissions, but they’re the hardest hit by climate change. So how do we ensure investment is directed where it’s needed most?
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.