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Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) Partnership

About QII

The World Bank Group and the government of Japan established the Quality Infrastructure Investment (QII) Partnership with the objective of raising awareness and scaling-up attention to the quality dimensions of infrastructure in developing countries. These include economic efficiency, safety, environmental and social sustainability, local economic and social contributions, as well as resilience against natural disasters. The QII Partnership accomplishes this goal through financial support for project preparation and implementation, as well as knowledge dissemination. The QII Partnership aligns to the G20 Principles.

The QII Partnership is managed by the Infrastructure, PPP & Guarantees (IPG) group, housed within the Infrastructure Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group. 


Eligibility for grants under the QII Partnership is limited to projects that are financed by the World Bank Group and that have an approved Project Concept Note.  This provision applies to both Standard Grants and to Just-in-Time Grants.  Projects that are (i) under preparation; (ii) in early stages of implementation; or (iii) under consideration for additional financing are eligible for support from the QII Partnership. Specifically,

·       A grant proposal is eligible if it is linked to a WB project in preparation stage with an approved Concept Note and a P-Code generated specifically for it, or if it is linked to a WB project in implementation stage but requiring enhanced consideration to quality infrastructure elements

·       A grant proposal is not eligible if its linked to the preparation of a future project for which there is no approved Concept Note. Therefore, a QII child TF cannot be linked to an existing P-code created for another activity.

Task teams from the following operational units are eligible to submit proposals for grants:

·       Energy Global Practice

·       Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice

·       Transport and Digital Development Global Practice

·       Water Global Practice

Project Grants will be provided under two funding windows:

·       Window 1: Standard Grants for up to $700,000 (for a duration of up to 24 months)

·       Window 2: Just-in-Time Grants for up to $70,000 (for a duration of up to 10 months)

Project teams seeking support from the QII Partnership should demonstrate how the grants will promote enhanced attention to the following elements:

·       Economic Efficiency: achieving value for money over the full project lifecycle; supporting adoption of value-for-money and/or full life-cycle cost considerations in procurement; mixed and flexible use of infrastructure; leveraging of parallel finance for World Bank-financed projects; and project level public-private partnership structuring.

·       Safety: enhancing physical and operational safety and durability through improved construction standards; use of management information systems and smart design.

·       Environmental and Social Sustainability: minimizing harmful environmental impacts; improving welfare for all groups in society, with particular attention to needs of traditionally excluded groups, including gender considerations; increasing accessibility (particularly for elderly and disabled citizens); encouraging citizen engagement in planning.

·       Local Economic and Social Contribution: support of enhanced competitiveness of local firms, particularly small and medium enterprises, through technology transfer and human capital development; facilitation of job creation and productivity growth; support for preservation of cultural heritage; support for citizen security and reduction of crime and violence.

·       Resilience to Natural Disasters: achieving resilience against natural disasters through better understanding of disaster risk to avoid the creation of new risk and reduce existing risk in infrastructure planning, design, construction, use, and operation; adequate systems for disaster preparedness and response.

Each activity funded under QII grants must have clearly-defined its Outcomes and Outputs as defined below:

·       Output: Products generated by the proposed activities, such as reports, engineering standards, manuals, TORs, publications, workshops, etc. The key distinction between an output (a specific good or service) and an outcome is that the outcome reflects changes due to the utilization of the outputs

·       Outcome: The likely or achieved short-term and medium-term effects of the grant's outputs in beneficiaries' behavior, knowledge, skills, status or way of functioning.

–      Note that QII activities are expected to produce an impact on the preparation and/or implementation of the WB projects to which grants are linked.

FY Grant Type Country Activity GP Grant Amount Project Size
FY20 Standard Benin Viable Operation and Maintenance Systems for Cotonou’s drainage infrastructure Urban $300,000 $200,000,000
FY20 Standard Cote d'Ivoire Capacity Building Support to Government of Côte d'Ivoire and public institutions for Improved Urban Water Infrastructure Planning, Monitoring and Maintenance Water $500,000 $150,000,000
FY20 Standard Nepal Boosting the Performance of Selected Key Corridors Transport $700,000 $650,000,000
FY20 Standard Nepal Support for Municipal Urban Infrastructure Investments Urban $500,000 $150,000,000
FY20 Standard Brazil Smart Metrorail Development in Brazil Transport $490,000 $100,000,000
FY20 Standard Western Africa Sahel Irrigation Solutions Water $395,000 $175,850,000
FY20 Standard Tanzania Improving Site Safety and Livability in Dar Es Salaam Urban $500,000 $330,000,000
FY20 Standard Bolivia Urban Sanitation, Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Bolivia Water $196,367 $250,000,000
FY20 Just-in-time Africa QII - Call for Innovation to Engineering Solutions for Sediment Management in WA Energy $70,000 $221,700,000
FY19 Standard India India - Technical Assistance for Resilient Sanitation Services in Kerala Urban $450,000 $150,000,000
FY19 Standard Bangladesh Bangladesh:  Dhaka Public Space Sustainability Urban $400,000 $106,000,000
FY19 Just-in-time India India Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor: Improving Quality and Safety Transport $70,000 $555,000,000
FY19 Standard Haiti Haiti:  Enhancing Rural Roads Investments in Fragile Contexts Transport $550,000 $75,000,000
FY19 Standard India India:  Resilient Framework for Groundwater Management Water $250,000 $450,000,000
FY19 Just-in-time World Regional Cost-Benefit Analysis and Resilience Training Water $70,000 $150,000,000
FY19 Standard Mozambique Enhancing Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility in Maputo Transport $300,000 $150,000,000
FY19 Just-in-time Morocco Development and deployment of a web-based Monitoring and Evaluation platform for Morocco Rural Water Supply Project Water $65,000 $158,000,000
FY19 Standard World Assessing Economic Efficiency of Long-Term Road Asset Management Strategies Transport $625,000 $0
FY18 Standard West Bank and Gaza Promoting Resilient Municipal Services and Infrastructure in Gaza Urban $400,000 $10,000,000
FY18 Standard Mozambique Strengthening the Quality of Municipal Infrastructure Urban $400,000 $100,000,000
FY18 Standard Lao People's Democratic Republic Open Source Road Safety Platform Transport $400,000 $40,000,000
FY18 Standard Vietnam Universally accessible infrastructure design and green infrastructure development in the Vietnam Scaling Up Urban Upgrading Project Urban $650,000 $240,000,000
FY18 Standard Rwanda Enhancing Efficiency and Sustainability of Infrastructure Investments in Urban areas Urban $200,000 $95,000,000
FY18 Just-in-time Philippines Applying Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) concept to Cebu City and BRT Corridor Transport $69,000 $116,000,000
FY18 Standard Bolivia Urban Sanitation, Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Water $128,633 $250,000,000
FY18 Standard Egypt, Arab Republic of Improving Septage Management in Rural Egypt through Institutional Strengthening, Business Development and ICT Water $250,000 $550,000,000
FY18 Just-in-time Vietnam Identification of High-Priority Transport Infrastructures for Connectivity and Sustainability of Haiphong Transport $64,994 $175,000,000
FY18 Standard Romania Catalytic Infrastructure and Focused Institutional Capacity:  A new model for Eastern European urban redevelopment at Bucharest's Esplanada District Urban $690,000 $150,000,000
FY18 Standard Solomon Islands Implementation of Innovative and Efficient Bridge Technologies Transport $192,500 $175,000,000
FY18 Standard Vietnam Rapid Assessment of Water Security in Vietnam Mekong Delta Water $250,000 $400,000,000
FY18 Standard Congo, Democratic Republic of Kinshasa Resilient Urban Development Project Urban $700,000 $150,000,000
FY18 Standard Lebanon Support to Preparation of Additional Financing for the Greater Beirut Water Supply Project Water $296,318 $200,000,000
FY18 Standard Bangladesh Support to the Preparation of the Dhaka Sanitation Improvement Project Water $300,000 $300,000,000
FY18 Standard Tunisia Support to Irrigation Infrastructure Performance Enhancement Water $288,499 $120,000,000
FY18 Standard Cambodia Support to Cambodia Water Supply and Sanitation Project Water $150,000 $50,000,000
FY18 Just-in-time Tanzania AFRICA REGIONAL - Capacity Building for Urban Infrastructure Contract Management Urban $69,870 $343,000,000
FY18 Standard Peru Supporting measures to improve efficiency of water supply and sanitation services providers in Peru Water $275,000 $100,000,000
FY18 Standard Ecuador Vision and Implementation Strategy for Transit Oriented Development in Quito Transport $298,567 $205,000,000
FY18 Standard Egypt, Arab Republic of Supporting Implementation of Infrastructure Aspects of the Upper Egypt Local Economic Development Urban $500,000 $500,000,000
FY18 Just-in-time Kenya Strengthening Design of Urban Infrastructure and Planning In Nairobi Metropolitan Region Urban $69,885 $300,000,000
FY18 Just-in-time Fiji Bus Scrappage Financing Scheme Transport $69,020 $50,000,000
FY18 Standard Bangladesh Enhancement to Clean Air and Sustainable Environment Project in Dhaka Transport $450,000 $87,200,000
FY17 Standard Vietnam Support to the Vietnam: Results‐based Scaling up Rural Sanitation Water $300,000 $200,000,000
FY17 Standard Mexico Technical Assistance to the Water Utilities of the MAS Oaxaca Program Water $275,000 $55,000,000
FY17 Just-in-time Ecuador Ibarra Transport Infrastructure Improvement Project Transport $70,000 $52,500,000
FY17 Just-in-time Ecuador Quality Infrastructure Investment Partnership (Manta) Water $70,000 $100,000,000
FY17 Standard India Urban Infrastructure for Amaravati City Development Urban $700,000 $300,000,000
FY17 Standard Argentina Preparation & Implementation of Mgmt. & Results Plans for main Water Supply & Sanitation Operators of Northern Provinces Water $275,000 $125,000,000
FY17 Just-in-time Argentina Support for the Preparation of ToRs and Early Implementation of the Salado Integrated River Basin Management Support Project Water $69,194 $300,000,000
FY17 Standard Tunisia Support for Implementation of Infrastructure Aspects of the Tunisia Urban Development & Local Governance Program (UDLGP) Urban $270,000 $300,000,000
FY17 Just-in-time Bangladesh Enhancing Quality of Municipal Infrastructure in Bangladesh Urban $67,884 $410,000,000
FY17 Just-in-time Mexico Quality Infrastructure Support for the Mexico Urban Transport Transformation Program Transport $69,372 $150,000,000
FY17 Just-in-time Tuvalu Implications of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Infrastructure Transport $67,268 $2,880,000

Donor:  Japan Ministry of Finance

Strategic Partners:

“The Quality Infrastructure Investment Database is an initiative of the G20 under the 2019 Japanese Presidency, in collaboration with the Global Infrastructure Hub, the OECD and the World Bank.

The database includes resources and facilities relevant to Quality Infrastructure Investment under the principles of Sustainable Growth & Development, Economic Efficiency, Environmental Considerations, Building Resilience, Social Considerations, and Infrastructure Governance.”


Quality Infrastructure Investment Database

The Quality Infrastructure Investment Database is an initiative of the G20 under the 2019 Japanese Presidency, in collaboration with the Global Infrastructure Hub, the OECD and the World Bank.

The database includes resources and facilities relevant to Quality Infrastructure Investment under the principles of Sustainable Growth & Development, Economic Efficiency, Environmental Considerations, Building Resilience, Social Considerations, and Infrastructure Governance.

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Darwin Marcelo
Tel : +65-6501-3641
Naomitsu Nakagawa
Tel : +81-3-35976189
For general inquiries and to apply, please contact the QII Secretariat at: