Gendering new infrastructural development

Gendering new infrastructural development

This stream is interested in exploring the infrastructure development in Africa through gender lens. Large infrastructure projects like Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya or Chinese-built solar farm in Ghana among many other similar projects are often presented as bringing about progress in economic, social and political spheres of African countries. Papers in this steam will explore gender agenda, gendered and gendering consequences of such developments.

The panel stream is interested in the infrastructure development projects that were developed in the past, as well as the ones that are currently being developed or just being planned; it is keen to explore gender dynamics at different levels – from the local everyday experiences and contestations in the communities that are affected, to the national policies and international engagements; and it aims to bring experiences of different African countries together.

The stream welcomes all different methodological approaches and disciplinary backgrounds.

Organiser: Egle Cesnulyte (

Image credit: A Woman in SGR Nairobi Station: photograph by Isabelle Prondzynski