In September 2016 the UN Secretary General launched the first ever report by the High Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) facility was instrumental in ensuring this HLP report recognised the potential role of infrastructure as a game-changer for women’s economic empowerment (WEE). By providing clear recommendations for governments to “provide adequate support to enable women to work productively, including by investing in quality public care services and decent care jobs, social protection for all, and infrastructure that supports women’s safe access to economic opportunities.” ICED has also drafted a range of thematic papers highlighting the role of transport, energy, housing and other infrastructure in empowering women.

Papers, case studies, presentations and research materials  on this topic include: