As governments around the world respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a growing recognition of the need for public investment to spur economic recovery. Infrastructure projects are seen as attractive in this time of crisis because they are generally long-term, present employment opportunities for people with a wide range of education and skills, and result in systems and structures that can contribute to economic outputs. Despite the pandemic’s exposure and exacerbation of underlying inequalities, there has been little focus on developing equitable infrastructure in response measures. Governments play a critical role as investors in infrastructure projects, either directly or through Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and Development Finance Institutions (DFIs). To this end, Criterion is launching an initiative this fall to partner with donor agencies, MDBs, and DFIs to ensure the mitigation of GBV in government-related infrastructure investments through the development of two categories of tools – with the design of process metrics and the integration of indicators and data sets.

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