Public-private partnership (PPP) projects can improve the availability and quality of essential infrastructure services and access to employment, education and markets and enhance income-generating opportunities and entrepreneurship. Because of their different roles and responsibilities in their households, communities and markets, infrastructure projects can have different impacts on women and men. Including a gender perspective in the planning, design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of infrastructure projects helps to ensure that women’s and men’s needs, experiences, concerns as well as gender-specific impacts of a project are taken into account throughout the different stages of the project so that women and men may each benefit from the project with regard to infrastructure services, employment and other economic opportunities. As a robust evidence base shows, a more inclusive approach leads also to better development outcomes for the next generation and allows businesses and institutions to perform better.
This section provides access to key general and PPP-related guidance materials, links to laws and policies, publications, relevant case studies and project documents that could be useful for the development of a more gender-responsive PPP enabling environment and PPP contracts.
Some of the projects discussed here are not traditional PPPs and might not fall within the definition of PPPs used by this site and the PPP Knowledge Lab, however they illustrate well how PPPs could be made more gender-responsive.