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Infra4dev Conference: The Future of Infrastructure Financing

The World Bank and Koç University are partnering for the 4th annual #Infra4Dev Conference, to be held on May 9-10, 2024, in İstanbul. Focused on infrastructure for development, the conference will address challenges in digital, transport, and energy sectors, emphasizing financing solutions. A call for papers invites global scholars to explore funding and financing aspects, including innovative mechanisms, green infrastructure transition, and regulatory impact.


Infrastructure, economics, and a sustainable future: A Chief Economist's perspective

Explore infrastructure, economics, and sustainability through the eyes of the World Bank's Chief Economist, Stéphane Straub. In this blog you will delve into critical research themes, such as the impact of infrastructure investments on development, rates of return, private capital mobilization challenges, climate change considerations, and the importance of high-quality data.


Off the Books: Understanding and Mitigating the Fiscal Risks of Infrastructure

Developing countries face significant infrastructure needs, and rising debt levels and tightening fiscal and monetary conditions are increasing pressure on the funds available for infrastructure. By providing policy makers with a deeper understanding of the fiscal risks of infrastructure, we can help them understand just how much is at stake in the good governance of infrastructure and target reforms to areas in which those efforts can be expected to have the greatest impact. Find out more in this new World Bank research.


Infra4Dev Blog Series: Ideas in Action!

The Infra4Dev blog series showcases recent INFCE research papers and key data to explore how infrastructure is critical for development. From urban planning to renewable energy, transportation to digital connectivity, this series is your gateway to unlocking the power of infrastructure for inclusive and resilient development. Join the conversation and stay ahead of the curve with #Infra4Dev!

The World Bank Chief Economist for Infrastructure Office (INFCE) produces comprehensive knowledge pertaining to policy and institutional reforms in the areas of Digital Development, Energy, Extractives, Transport, and Infrastructure Finance.

Through an analytical approach combining rigorous research methodologies and policy knowledge, INFCE explores emerging and contentious subjects, and conducts cross-sectoral and region-wide assessments.

INFCE work offers strategic guidance and addresses the most critical development challenges faced by various regions through meticulous economic output and advice, encompassing research publications, flagship reports, and high-level events:

  • The Infrastructure Economics Research Program provides the main vehicle for free-standing economic research papers that contribute to a wide range of sustainable infrastructure objectives.

  • The Infrastructure Data & Diagnostics Program strives to enhance the accessibility of infrastructure data to address the global infrastructure gap.

  • The Infra4Dev Knowledge Series strengthens the World Bank’s thought leadership around cross-cutting infrastructure themes. This blog series showcases recent INFCE research papers and key data to explore how infrastructure is critical for development, while exploring the latest trends, best practices, and innovative solutions that drive sustainable growth and empower communities.

  • The Infra4Dev Conferences Series is an initiative of the World Bank’s Infrastructure Vice-Presidency, aiming to promote dialogue and exchange between leading edge economic researchers and the wider community of policymakers and practitioners on leveraging infrastructure for development.

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