Gender in Infrastructure: Lessons from Central and West Asia

Publication | December 2019

This publication features projects promoting gender mainstreaming in the energy, transport, water supply and sanitation, and irrigation subsectors in Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

  • US$21.00 (paperback)

Infrastructure projects may reinforce gender inequality if women’s needs are not recognized in project design. The Asian Development Bank actively promotes gender mainstreaming in its infrastructure projects in Central and West Asia. In the publication, project results illustrate how gender inclusion contributes to meeting the needs of all beneficiaries and creating opportunities for regional economic growth.


  • Introduction: Improving Women’s Lives, One Infrastructure at a Time
  • Energy
    • Opening Doors, Widening Choices: The Solar Panel Technician Training for Women in Pakistan
    • Uzbekistan: Empowering Women, Powering the Future
    • Cultivating Women Leaders in Energy: Case from the Access to Clean Energy Project
  • Transport
    • Tajikistan: Corridors That Link Women to a Bigger World
    • Safe Transport for Women: Good Practices from the Peshawar Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project in Pakistan
  • Water Supply and Sanitation
    • Increasing Women’s Access to Water and Sanitation in Azerbaijan: The Water Supply and Sanitation Investment Program
    • Better Gender Design for Better Water Resources Management: The Georgia Urban Services Improvement Investment Program
    • Making Urban Services Work for Women: The Issyk-Kul Sustainable Development Project in the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Irrigation
    • Mainstreaming Gender in Tajikistan’s Irrigation Infrastructure: The Water Resources Management in Pyanj River Basin Project

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • ADB and Infrastructure
  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Energy
  • Gender
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Pakistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • 44
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS190570-2
  • 978-92-9261-916-9 (print)
  • 978-92-9261-917-6 (electronic)

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