G20 Performance on Infrastructure Development

  Challenge   Proposal The issue of infrastructure for development has been revitalised by Argentina’s G20 presidency, which named it one of the priorities for the Buenos Aires Summit. Argentine president Mauricio Macri emphasised the mobilisation of private resources to reduce the infrastructure deficit. Directly connected to the priority of the future of work, infrastructure … Read more

G20 support for improved infrastructure project cycles in Africa

This policy brief argues that new, African-led infrastructure models are needed to support Africa’s economic transformation. We argue that the G20, including the Compact with Africa initiative, should support implementation of such models. In particular financing for infrastructure is slow and cumbersome with traditional partners. While non-traditional financiers provide faster response times, projects may also … Read more

Success path for resilient cities

Resilient cities require modern infrastructure that can withstand the challenges of a growing population and environmental threats. The community of interest that focuses on building resilient infrastructure utilises classic risk assessment techniques that concentrate on what can go wrong in a city’s infrastructure and then determine where to reduce risk. While traditional risk assessments can … Read more

A new vision for Infratech: Governance and value network integration through federated data spaces and advanced infrastructure services for a resilient and sustainable future

Twenty-first century infrastructure needs to respond to changing demographics, becoming climate neutral, resilient and economically affordable, while remaining a driver for development and shared prosperity. However, the infrastructure sector remains one of the least innovative and digitalised, plagued by delays, cost overruns and benefit shortfalls (Cantarelli et al. 2008; Flyvbjerg, 2007; Flyvbjerg et al., 2003; … Read more

How quality infrastructure can bring private sector finance into infrastructure investment to recover from the Covid-19 crisis

The financing gap has been a major concern for countries to realise their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development even before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak. Quality infrastructure is needed to accelerate the service provisions in the 2030 Agenda. Closing the trillion-dollar infrastructure gap and addressing social, environmental and economic priorities will require global policy directives … Read more

Sustainable and quality infrastructure beyond the Covid-19 pandemic: Proposals for new financing models

Infrastructure investment is indispensable for green and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, public funding has been limited due to the use of funds for the immediate needs of COVID-19 recovery, and private investors have also reshaped their investment profile to address the difficult circumstances. Many enablers for boosting economic growth through infrastructure development … Read more

Closing communiqués of the G20 engagement groups

In view of the G20 summit on October 30 and 31, 2021, the G20 engagement groups are gradually publishing their communiqués with their proposals and recommendations for the G20 member countries these days. We are documenting the final documents of these working groups. Urban 20 Urban 20 is a city diplomacy initiative that brings together … Read more

Keynote: Tetsushi Sonobe Panel: Infrastructure: Targets, Governance and Financing

Infrastructure plays a key role in supporting the recoupling of economic prosperity with social and environmental prosperity. This requires long-term investment in social infrastructure, including education, health and housing, as well as investments into infrastructure that supports a reduction of the environmental footprints. The Covid-19 crisis affects the global economy largely through and within interconnected … Read more

Interview: Enrico Giovannini Panel: Leveling up to tackle regional disparities

Inequality between regions is an important driver of the decoupling of economic and social prosperity. Economic prosperity is increasingly spatially concentrated, while left-behind regions struggle with poverty, bad education, inferior health, political extremism. The COVID-19 pandemic disruptions have created new spaces for change, as citizens and decision-makers around the globe are looking for recovery options. … Read more

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