Inclusive Infrastructure is infrastructure development that enhances positive outcomes in social inclusivity, and ensures that no individual, community or social group is left behind or prevented from benefiting from improved infrastructure.
The Reference Tool on Inclusive Infrastructure and Social Equity presents a practical evidence-based framework for practitioners to maximise the impact of infrastructure investment on reducing inequality and promoting shared prosperity.
The framework details six Action Areas, or themes, related to infrastructure development, and provides related guidance under each, which are then illustrated by real-life examples, including the eight detailed case studies.
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The Framework for Inclusive Infrastructure details the six critical Actions Areas that need to be considered to ensure the successful implementation of inclusivity in infrastructure projects. These Action Areas are then broken down into practices which provide a full list of recommendations for practitioners to use in the implementation of more inclusive infrastructure.
In the context of inclusive infrastructure and the optimisation of benefits, specific groupings of targeted stakeholders include, but are not limited to, those below.
Eight real-life projects that have embedded inclusivity at various stages of development and implementation, covering several Action Areas and practices across different geographies and sectors.
A state-led program to encourage more women and minorities to pursue the employment and business opportunities created by the construction of a major sporting and events stadium.
Lima’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system seeks to improve mobility and access to education, jobs and other opportunities for its low-income residents, mainly on the outskirts of the city.
A government-led initiative that uses public institutions to help overcome the challenges of providing information and communications technology in remote areas. The initiative in Malawi targeted inclusion of under-served areas in the benefits from a larger infrastructure program connecting several Eastern and Southern African countries.
The Government of Kenya has been striving to improve water access for people in low-income areas for decades. However, it faces several challenges, including the limited capacity of smallscale service providers, limited water resources, drought and sustained poverty.
An aerial cable car urban transit system serving the La Paz–El Alto metropolitan area in Bolivia; the first public transport system in La Paz designed for equitable access, and improved accessibility and connection between two socioeconomic urban areas.
A bus rapid transit (BRT) system that seeks to address the physical, communication and attitudinal barriers towards people with disabilities, women and other vulnerable groups.
The expansion of the metro network in Cairo required adherence to environmental and social safeguards.
A government initiative to connect Kenyan households to the national electricity grid.