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Training: Social equity in infrastructure development

Learn best practice for increasing social equity in infrastructure development and delivery

Globally, there is a need for more capability to develop inclusive infrastructure that increases social equity within and across communities.

Now, for the first time, a practical course is available to infrastructure professionals working in government and the private sector, as well as international development agencies and non-profit organisations.

The Certificate in Inclusive Infrastructure was created by the Global Infrastructure Hub, with support from Dr Ibrahim Odeh and capacity building company Toraza Zenith.


This comprehensive training program will give you knowledge and skills to implement inclusivity and increase social equity through infrastructure policy and projects. You will be empowered to deliver social impact across six critical action areas, and to form cross-sector and cross-discipline partnerships that maximise this impact.


This training program is based on independent research conducted by the GI Hub, a non-profit organisation formed by the G20, that identified global best practice in inclusive infrastructure development. The principles are illustrated with real-world project case studies, giving you the knowledge and skills to successfully implement inclusivity at the policy and project levels.


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Infrastructure has a significant impact on social equity and achieving the UN SDGs

As the backbone of both economies and societies, infrastructure is one of the most effective instruments for creating social equity and long-term, sustainable prosperity in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Governments, investors, and the private sector in both developed and developing economies are increasingly prioritising people-centred infrastructure that benefits everyone. This inclusive approach to infrastructure is an important way of achieving positive social outcomes that align with the SDGs.

By training and upskilling in inclusive infrastructure, you position yourself to work across the public and private sectors to improve social equity.


Infrastructure empowers people and transforms communities – when it benefits everyone.


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This online training course is for all professionals working in infrastructure

This self-paced, online course is for anyone involved in any stage of the infrastructure lifecycle, who wants to increase the positive social outcomes of infrastructure for people and communities.

Study options

You can choose to study a dedicated pathway or take the full course to gain a Certificate in Inclusive Infrastructure.

  1. The Policy and Community Pathway focuses on stakeholder empowerment, inclusive leadership, and transparent policies and standards.
    Time required: 4-6 hours.
  2. The Project Delivery Pathway presents a project lifecycle approach to inclusion, private sector participation, and business case preparation.
    Time required: 4-6 hours.
  3. By completing both pathways you obtain a Certificate in Inclusive Infrastructure (CII), applicable to both the public and private sectors, and learn how to work and partner effectively across the infrastructure lifecycle to realise positive and equitable social impacts.
    Time required: 7-10 hours.

No prior learning is required.

Course structure



2. Stakeholder Identification, Engagement, and Empowerment

  • Developing robust data collection methods to identify stakeholder groups
  • Establishing engagement objectives, frameworks, and processes to empower stakeholders and address opportunities and barriers

3. Governance and Capacity Building

  • Establishing inclusive leadership and governance systems
  • Understanding the needs of vulnerable groups

4. Policy, Regulation, and Standards

  • Integrating transparent inclusivity into policy, strategy, and regulation
  • Developing inclusive standards with specific design codes, guidelines, and enforcement mechanisms
  • Assessing the socioeconomic returns of infrastructure projects

MODULES 1, 5-7

5. Project Planning, Development, and Delivery

  • Applying a project lifecycle approach to inclusion across all project stages
  • Incorporating better-understood aspects of inclusivity, as well as less-understood aspects like economic inclusion and safety

6. Private Sector Roles and Participation

  • Applying incentives to align with government inclusivity objectives
  • Encouraging private sector involvement in inclusive infrastructure projects
  • Implementing inclusive procurement and hiring practices
  • Adopting new technology in the design and development of projects

7. Affordability and Optimising Finance

  • Using public resources in line with country-specific policies, strategies, and regulations
  • Applying quantitative and qualitative social criteria that target inclusiveness in business case preparation
  • Appraising the socioeconomic returns, inclusivity, and affordability of tariff structures, subsidies, grants, or output-based aid mechanisms



Policy and Community Pathway




Project Delivery Pathway

1, 5-7



Certificate in Inclusive Infrastructure (CII)




Policy and Community Pathway
Project Delivery Pathway
Certificate in Inclusive Infrastructure (CII)
As a not-for-profit, the Global Infrastructure Hub reinvests all proceeds from the course into initiatives and programs for better infrastructure.


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Program partners

Global Infrastructure Hub

The GI Hub is a not-for-profit organisation, formed by the G20, that advances the delivery of sustainable, resilient, and inclusive infrastructure, with a focus on helping people act. The GI Hub collaborates with the public and private sectors, acting as a knowledge sharing hub to produce data, insights, tools, and programs that inform both policy and infrastructure delivery, and help decisionmakers, policymakers, and practitioners create positive impacts through infrastructure.

Dr Ibrahim Odeh

Ibrahim is the Founding Director of the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) program at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. He is a unique combination of strategist, academic, innovator, and entrepreneur. His work merges the worlds of industry and academia, spans the global construction market, and provides leading construction firms with market insights, growth strategies, and advice on digital transformation and technological trends that are reshaping the construction industry. He sits on the GI Hub’s Academic Advisory Panel and on the advisory boards of several engineering and construction firms and is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Expert Network.

Toraza Zenith

Toraza Zenith is a Canadian firm specialised in offering Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Infrastructure Development accredited training programs and customised PPP solutions. Toraza offers a wide range of programs that meet the diverse needs of its clients, including off-the-shelf, tailored, and fully custom programs. Toraza’s programs are designed for both new and seasoned professionals tasked with managing complex projects within their communities and take a solutions-oriented approach to the development of PPP projects in both the public and private sectors.