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Overview

  • The World Bank Group helps developing countries build smart infrastructure that supports inclusive and sustainable growth, expands markets, creates job opportunities, promotes competition, and contributes to a cleaner future. We help countries address their unique infrastructure needs by working with the public and private sectors. Infrastructure improves lives by connecting people to opportunity.

    Access to basic infrastructure services is critical for creating economic opportunities and bringing social services to the poor. Globally, 840 million people live more than 2 kilometers from all-weather roads, 1 billion people lack electricity, and 4 billion people lack Internet access. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will only be possible if we close these infrastructure gaps, by ensuring:

    • Rural roads and safe transport for access to health and education facilities;
    • Electrification of clinics, schools and households in rural areas to improve digital connectivity;
    • Improved road safety and clean cooking to reduce mortality and morbidity;
    • Digital and other skills needed for implementing infrastructure investments. 

    Infrastructure is also critical to deliver on the priorities of the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank's fund for the poorest countries. Portfolios in infrastructure are among the largest in IDA-borrowing countries.

  • As a long-term partner, the World Bank Group helps developing countries build smart infrastructure that supports inclusive and sustainable growth. Our strategy focuses on:

    • Deploying innovative diagnostic tools and approaches such as the Infrastructure Sector Assessment Program (InfraSAP), a strategic planning tool that helps governments identify opportunities for improving infrastructure performance among different sectors; and Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) reports, which enable the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to identify opportunities to help create or expand markets and private sector investment in developing countries.
    • Expanding private co-financing by partnering with multilateral development banks, bilateral development agencies and private financial institutions to champion investments that unlock opportunities and impact poverty reduction.
    • Scaling-up cooperation in digital development, smart transportation and clean energy by convening other World Bank Group institutions, international development agencies, private sector entities and NGOs to deliver solutions. 
    • Building knowledge and capacity through academic partnerships such as the #Infra4Dev conference series. Launched in 2019, #Infra4Dev is jointly organized with a different host university each year.

    Last Updated: Oct 01, 2019

  • Highlights from the World Bank's operational work in infrastructure:

    Liberia Southeast Corridor Road Asset Management Project: The first road public-private partnership in an IDA/FCV country, the project aims to enhance road connectivity for residents living along the Ganta-to-Zwedru Road Corridor. 

    Kosovo Digital Economy: The project aims to deepen Kosovo’s connections to the global economy by improving access to better quality and high‐speed broadband services and online knowledge sources, services and labor markets.

    Digital CASA (Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan): In Central Asia and parts of South Asia, the Bank is providing analytic and advisory services to support the development of a regionally integrated digital infrastructure.

    Morocco Railway Restructuring Project: This programmatic ASA will provide technical assistance and analytical support to the National Railways Agency of Morocco (ONCF) in defining and operationalizing a new institutional model for the management of railways services and infrastructure.



In Depth

KNOWLEDGE

Exploring the Intersection of Energy, Transport and Digital

#Infra4Dev, an annual conference series focusing on a wide range of cross-sectoral and trending topics, is jointly organized with a host university which changes every year.

DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT

Digital ID Can Unlock Opportunities for the World’s Most Vulnerable

As societies and economies become more complex, interconnected, and dynamic, so does the need to be able to prove and verify who is who in an accurate and reliable manner.

ENERGY

Maximizing Finance to Power Development

How can countries access the financing—but also knowledge and solutions—they need to make the critical, but costly, investments toward sustainable and inclusive development?

Contact Us

The World Bank
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Washington DC 20433
+1 202-473-1000
infrastructuregroup@worldbank.org