Making Transportation and Energy Infrastructure Work for Women, Youth, and the Poor

Cadmus, a trusted partner of Millenium Challenge Corporate (MCC), extends its technical assistance and advisory services to Compact and Threshold programs globally. Engaged actively with the MCC in countries like Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Tunisia, and Zambia, Cadmus offers comprehensive, evidence-based support throughout the development process. Recognizing that economic growth does not automatically lead to poverty reduction and improved outcomes for disadvantaged groups, these programs target infrastructure investments such as electrical grids and road rehabilitation to reach the communities that need them the most.

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Cadmus’ expertise shines in supporting MCC’s Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) team, focusing on integrating gender and social inclusion into transport and energy-related Compacts and Threshold programs. Our support helps to ensure that women, youth, and marginalized groups benefit from MCC’s energy and transportation investments.

Sound and secure transport systems are crucial for women’s safe participation in the workforce and as entrepreneurs engaging in local and cross-border commerce. Cadmus helps design solutions to address gender and social inequalities in the transportation as well as the energy sector, unlocking women’s equitable access to electricity and expanding their economic potential. Our specialists are gender experts who draw on deep technical expertise in agriculture, entrepreneurship, transportation, trade, and innovation to collaborate closely with MCC’s GSI team. This collaboration helps integrate gender and inclusion components into infrastructure investments, conducting country and sector gender analyses to inform Compact program development.

Cadmus stands at the forefront, supporting policy and institutional reforms that address structural barriers to equity and inclusion and increase access to economic opportunities for disadvantaged groups including women, youth, and the poor.

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Additionally, Cadmus offers design expertise for stand-alone GSI activities for Compact and Threshold agreements, overseeing program implementation and providing learning and development support for GSI leads serving on MCC country teams. By gathering and analyzing lessons learned across MCC’s inclusion and gender programming, Cadmus aligns with global best practices, contributing significantly to MCC’s mission of achieving poverty reduction through inclusive, sustainable, private sector-led economic growth.