The workshop gave an overview of the the upcoming Inclusive Infrastructure reference tool and discuss the core ‘action areas’ identified stakeholder identification, engagement and empowerment, governance and capacity building, policy regulation and standards, private sector participation, incentives and market regulation project planning, development and delivery and affordability and optimising finance.
Inclusive infrastructure which helps tackle inequality and income disparity is increasingly being expressed as a priority for many developed and developing countries. Infrastructure is potentially a major driver of inclusive growth, enabling connectivity and access to markets and services by previously excluded groups.
However these outcomes are not automatic and at a project level, the extent to which issues of equality and inclusion are addressed will depend on the approaches taken during project panning, design and implementation.
In 2017, the GI Hub engaged global advisory firm Atkins Acuity to develop a practical reference tool on addressing the inclusion in large infrastructure projects, to help government authorities ensure that inclusion is actively addressed in all stages of project development. The tool will provide guidance on key action areas such as governance and capacity, policy and regulation, stakeholder engagement, inclusive planning and design optimisation, inclusive procurement and performance monitoring, affordability, inclusive outcomes and jobs, and private sector incentives. These action areas will be demonstrated by detailed proejct examples, from both emerging and developed economies.
The reference toll aims to provide support to government authorities responsible for major infrastructure projects, with the overall goal of maximising the impact the project can have on reducing inequality and promoting prosperity.