#1 Introduction to PIDG
Through affordable and sustainable infrastructure projects, the Private Infrastructure Development Group has opened up vast opportunities for economic growth in some of the world’s poorest countries, changing the lives of millions.
Leading the way in conscious investment, PIDG works to serve the communities of Sub-Saharan Africa and South & Southeast Asia. Over the course of this podcast series we’ll be examining its groundbreaking work in areas including gender diversity, health and safety, and renewable energy. In this episode we meet the CEO of PIDG, Philippe Valahu, who gives us an introduction to the company, exploring the scale of the issues it’s trying to address, and the positive impact it’s had over the last 20 years.
Welcome to the second episode of Increasing Risk Tolerance to Drive Impact – a podcast series from the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a Private Infrastructure Development Group company – exploring ways to develop game-changing infrastructure in underserved geographies. Most infrastructure has been designed, implemented or run by men, often without considering female participation in decision-making, development or operation of projects. A common, albeit mistaken, assumption is that women automatically benefit from infrastructure projects in the same way as men.
The future of development finance is bright, as a number of exciting announcements were made at the COP28 climate conference last year. From a £391 million investment in PIDG, to the announcement of a new credit enhancement facility in Kenya, 2024 will be a year of positive change. PIDG’s strategy for the coming decade is ambitious, but despite a challenging 2023 it has been successful in placing climate and gender front and centre of its investment decisions.
The popularity of gender lens investing is rising rapidly. The landscape is constantly evolving, with regular new developments transforming the investment landscape. And at PIDG we’re actively shaping this evolution through innovative approaches and collaborations. Much has changed since our last episode on International Women’s Day, when we announced the PIDG Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Action. Here we expand on that discussion and find out how the GEDI has been received.
Welcome to the first episode of Increasing Risk Tolerance to Drive Impact – a podcast series from the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a Private Infrastructure Development Group company – exploring ways to develop transformative infrastructure in underserved geographies across Africa.