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Riding the Wave of Digital Transformation: Insights from Japan’s Journey

This report analyzes the key components of digital transformation in Japan over time and across key sectors. It also provides critical insight into how social, economic, and environmental challenges in cities can be addressed through digital technologies.

QII Partnership Annual Report 2023

Demand for sustainable, quality infrastructure is strong and growing. The QII Partnership between the World Bank and Japan incorporates QII Principles into World Bank infrastructure projects. Its 2023 Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of the accomplishments of the QII Partnership since its inception in 2016 and demonstrates how the QII Principles are being applied in infrastructure projects across the globe.


Japan and the World Bank: Advancing universal design in urban planning

An estimated 1 in 6 people experience significant disability, making it essential to consider accessibility when planning, financing and building infrastructure. Japan and the World Bank are providing leadership to create built urban environments where everyone can thrive.

DRC: Kinshasa’s path towards resilient urban development

The World Bank and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are working on a project to improve transport, urban services, and infrastructure resilience in Kinshasa, the capital. A grant from the QII Partnership enabled the project to employ flood risk mapping and resilient infrastructure development leveraging Japanese expertise in urban transport.

Lao PDR: Maximizing the benefits of public workfare programs

The World Bank’s Road Maintenance Group project in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic offered road maintenance jobs to women in remote villages, targeting the poorest households. A study supported by the QII Partnership provided insights into the project’s impacts and offered recommendations on how better to integrate social inclusion and gender equality in future programs.

Tajikistan: Enhancing opportunities for female cross-border traders

Women cross-border traders in Tajikistan confront disproportionate challenges in their businesses compared to their male counterparts. The QII Partnership provided a grant to incorporate gender-responsive practices into Tajikistan’s Customs Service and strengthen the capacity of women entrepreneurs involved in cross-border trade.

Mozambique - How Digital Technologies are Supporting Urban Transport and ...

Big Data is making waves in urban transport planning. In Maputo, Mozambique, the World Bank collaborated with the University of Tokyo to use mobile phone data to estimate traffic demand in real time. This innovative approach is helping policymakers make informed decisions and plan for a more efficient and inclusive transportation system. Discover how the QII Partnership is supporting these efforts.


Performance-based contracts: Promoting quality road maintenance and economic ...

Performance-Based Contracts (PBCs) are revolutionizing road construction by emphasizing long-term efficiency and quality. Read the discussion on the advantages of PBCs over traditional road construction contracts.


YEMEN: Making urban centers climate resilient

The World Bank is helping Yemen restore critical urban infrastructure and services resilient to climate challenges. Learn how the QII Partnership helped lay the foundation for climate adaptation in 16 Yemeni cities.


What are the QII Principles?

Jane Jamieson, Program Manager of the QII Partnership, explains what the QII Principles are and why they are important for building sustainable, resilient infrastructure.


Modular bridges: A climate-resilient solution for small bridges in the ...

Updating to modular bridges in Solomon Islands offers an opportunity to increase climate resilience and safety for rural communities.


Japan and the World Bank: Working together to build resilient infrastructure

The government of Japan and the World Bank are working with developing countries to boost resilience in infrastructure projects.

Making Yemen’s urban centers climate resilient

Yemen's cities are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Learn how the World Bank is helping the country make its urban centers more climate resilient.

How Quality Infrastructure Investment is making a difference in development

Quality infrastructure investment (QII) helps build human, natural, and physical capital while promoting good governance, equity, and sustainability. The QII Partnership, a joint initiative of Japan and the World Bank, is working to support sustainable infrastructure investment.


Helping utilities boost energy access and the quality of energy services

A new knowledge exchange platform, UKEP, was launched in March 2022 with support from the QII Partnership and ESMAP. It will help stakeholders in the power sector—including utilities, energy sector institutions, regulators, system operators, the private sector, and World Bank teams—identify best practices, improve operational efficiencies, stimulate businesses, and accelerate technological innovation.


Why is the “quality” of infrastructure investment essential for building back ...

Isn’t achieving high-quality growth a goal of infrastructure investment? The Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) propose inclusive, resilient decisions to affect the economy, environment, and society—central now to building back better from COVID-19.


Quality Infrastructure Investment: Ensuring a lasting recovery

Jane Jamieson, Program Manager of the QII Partnership, explains what Quality Infrastructure Investment is and how it contributes to sustainable development.


Urban infrastructure in Japan: Lessons from infrastructure quality investment ...

Infrastructure is profoundly connected with—and drives—development. Find out how the Quality Infrastructure Investment principles were successfully applied in the Japanese cities of Toyoma and Fukuoka.


Annual Report

QII 2022 Partnership Annual Report

The Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) Partnership between the World Bank and the government of Japan provides grant support for incorporating the QII Principles in World Bank infrastructure projects. Read the QII 2022 Partnership Annual Report.

Annual Report

Quality Infrastructure Investment Partnership : 2021 QII

In April 2020, the G20 endorsed an action plan for promoting quality infrastructure investment and accelerate efforts to mobilize private sources for infrastructure financing.


What are the QII Principles?

In 2019, the G20 introduced six voluntary principles guiding infrastructure investment, emphasizing infrastructure as a key to economic prosperity and highlighting the importance of sustainable, impactful projects.
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Jane Jamieson and Joanna Mclean

Key takeaways from the Technical Deep Dive on Financing Quality Urban Infrastructure


William Davies and Steven Rubinyi Senior Infrastructure Specialist and Senior Disaster Risk Management Special World Bank

Experts Interview: QII Technical Deep Dive, October 2023