Gender & Inclusion
Vidya Naidu is a social development consultant specialising in the design and delivery of inclusive economic development projects. She has specific experience in applying social safeguards and designing social inclusion and gender mainstreaming measures for transport and energy infrastructure, and urban investments. Vidya has worked in a range of low and middle -income countries and has delivered projects from grassroots to policy level for a range of multilateral banks, private sector clients and bilateral donors including the Asian Development Bank, UK Foreign Office, World Bank and the UK Department for International Development.
She recently provided support to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to develop a set of guidelines on addressing sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, and an accompanying capacity development strategy. The guidelines and strategy will enable ADB staff and developing member countries identify key risks across their operations and take adequate measures to prevent, mitigate and respond to these risks throughout the project cycle. Prior to this she was seconded to the UK Foreign Office as a Social Development Advisor to the Prosperity Fund bilateral programmes in China, India, South East Asia and Turkey.
She previously led the Gender, Disability and Inclusion Portfolio for the Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development programme (ICED)- a UK -government led facility designed to improve and accelerate inclusive infrastructure and cities initiatives. Under this facility she provided training and capacity building support on social safeguards (using IFC Standards) to DFID country offices, central teams, and government partners. She recently provided support to the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to design a tool identifying appropriate levels of gender ambition for individual PIDG projects, and to design appropriate practical measures to manage gender-related risks and enhance project outcome.