8 episodes

PIDG Pulse showcases the impactful work of the Private Infrastructure Development Group. For 20 years the company has funded innovative infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia, to lift the world’s most fragile countries out of poverty. Through economic growth and with a particular emphasis on creating safer and more sustainable communities, PIDG has changed the lives of more than 200 million people. Find out more at www.pidg.org
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PIDG Pulse showcases the impactful work of the Private Infrastructure Development Group. For 20 years the company has funded innovative infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia, to lift the world’s most fragile countries out of poverty. Through economic growth and with a particular emphasis on creating safer and more sustainable communities, PIDG has changed the lives of more than 200 million people. Find out more at www.pidg.org
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    #8 An introduction to PIDG Technical Assistance

    #8 An introduction to PIDG Technical Assistance

    Many ‘first of its kind’ projects can’t get off the ground, despite their potential to create real impact. Particularly in low and middle income settings, infrastructure projects facing unusually high development costs may not be deemed financially viable. And that’s where PIDG Technical Assistance comes in, to bridge the financing gap and meet a range of needs associated with the infrastructure project development cycle. 
    In this episode members of the PIDG TA team explain why technical assistance is needed and how it works both on the government and project side. And they explore three projects that have benefited from PIDG TA; The Nairobi Streets Lighting Project, Pakistan K-Electric and Bonergie Irrigation Phase II.
    Our guests are:
    Luke Foley, Deputy Head of PIDG TA
    Teresa Tam, Regional TA Manager for Asia
    Jasper Onyango, Region TA Manager for Africa
    To find out more about PIDG’s approach to technical assistance, visit our website.

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    • 21 min
    #7 Our Climate Future

    #7 Our Climate Future

    As governments come under fire over a lack of action on climate change, it’s becoming increasingly clear that words are not enough. At PIDG we take our role in climate action seriously - it’s a major consideration in every single investment and operation decision we make. Lower income countries, those that PIDG operates in, may produce the least carbon emissions, but they’re the hardest hit by climate change. So how do we ensure investment is directed where it’s needed most? In this special episode we hear from climate change expert Rachel Kyte, committee member for PIDG, Dean of The Fletcher School, and advisor to the UK government for COP26. To find out more about PIDG’s approach to climate action, visit our website.
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    • 21 min
    #6 Kenya Capital Markets

    #6 Kenya Capital Markets

    Kenya is a crucible of innovation within East Africa. PIDG companies have been based in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, for more than five years, and are helping to pioneer new infrastructure asset classes and private sector investment opportunities. In this episode we discuss Kenya’s clear commitment to embracing change, we explore key projects PIDG has enabled, including the Acorn Affordable Student Accommodation and Kenya credit enhancement facility, and we highlight the opportunities presented by Kenya’s new strategic partnership with the UK. On the show are Sarah Siliya from GuarantCo, Gbemi Adeniyi-Williams from InfraCo Africa, Jasper Onyango from PIDG Technical Assistance, and Alastair Herbertson from the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.
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    • 19 min
    #5 PIDG Annual Review

    #5 PIDG Annual Review

    2020 was a year like no other, one which could only be navigated with fortitude and quick action. As PIDG launches its annual review, it’s clear that amid this pandemic the company’s work in providing infrastructure to the world’s most fragile communities has never been more critical. In this episode we reflect on everything from the company’s pandemic response, to sustainable development, safeguarding and future challenges. Sharing their views on this special edition of the podcast are the Chair of PIDG, Andy Bainbridge, and the CEO Philippe Valahu. They explore the many ways PIDG has continued to innovate during this time of uncertainty, through the development of multiple ‘first of its kind’ projects, the creation of ground-breaking life-saving rules, and its continued efforts to push the boundaries.
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    • 19 min
    #4 Health, Safety, Environmental and Social

    #4 Health, Safety, Environmental and Social

    To deliver meaningful change and improve the lives of people in fragile communities, we must protect those lives as well. One loss of life is unacceptable. This World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we explain why an effective HSES framework is an essential part of delivering large-scale infrastructure projects. With the advent of the global covid-19 pandemic, the world is waking up to the importance of HSES now more than ever, and PIDG is continuously enhancing its protocols to keep pace. In this episode we explore PIDG’s 5 HSES policies, learn about the company’s strategic priorities, and find out how it plans to meet global sustainable development goals. On the show are Cameron Bain, Colin Liu, Brenda Omuombo and Ridouan Lerhrissi.
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    • 16 min
    #3 Gender Lens Investing

    #3 Gender Lens Investing

    Gender-blind infrastructure projects lead to massive failings across the board, creating problems that last for decades. Ignoring the needs and expertise of women not only puts them at risk, it also puts a strain on business performance. That’s where gender lens investing comes in. The practise is gaining momentum across the globe and showcases the strong business case for gender equality, celebrating the power of female leadership, whilst highlighting issues that affect women and girls around the world, like gender-based violence and harassment. In this episode find out how gender equity is vital in addressing both the climate crisis and global post-covid recovery, and learn about the PIDG Gender Equity Action Plan and HSES Safeguarding Rules. On the show are Celia Carbajosa, development impact analyst at PIDG, and Emily Wood, head of social performance and safeguarding at PIDG.
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    • 19 min

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