Date(s) - March 12, 2022
7:00 am - 9:00 am

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The 22nd  Monthly Talk Program at Khimti Forum

March 12, 2022

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Mainstreaming Social and Gender Safeguards in Modern Infrastructure Projects


Joseph Asiimwe  (Uganda)

Synopsis of the Presentation: Infrastructure projects in Uganda have played a key role in economic development and livelihood enhancement. However, they have also significantly affected the Socio-cultural and Gender aspects of society. Projects sometimes do not prioritize participatory planning exercises and ignore reproductive, social-cultural, and gender issues that are essential to life and its improvement.  Therefore, social protection and gender mainstreaming should not only be regarded as a factor requiring attention in infrastructure projects but rather must be considered as a critical factor in ensuring the project’s success and sustainability. This presentation highlights a systematic review of social risks and genders concerns on road projects in Uganda. It discusses the experiences of the Uganda National Roads Authority in managing social risks in the development of selected road projects in Uganda. The discussion also highlights a sustainable approach for evaluating social risks and Gender aspects in infrastructure development.

Joseph Assimwe holds a Master of Science Degree in Environment and Natural Resources from Makerere University. He has worked with Ministry of Water and Environment (Environment Management Officer), Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (Senior Environment Officer). He currently works with Uganda National Roads Authority (Senior Environment Officer) and is a Senior Environment Advisor at Geotropic Consults Limited. He has over 15 years of experience in Project Feasibility studies, Due diligence, Environment and Social Impact Assessments, Environmental Audits, Project Supervision (Compliance Monitoring and assistance), Resettlement and Livelihood restoration planning of infrastructure projects (especially Hydropower, Oil and Gas, Roads and Bridges) in line with National and International Safeguard requirements.  Joseph is a Registered Environmental (EIA) Practitioner and a member of the Uganda Association of Impact Assessment (UAIA).

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