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The Pitfalls of Private Sector Investment in Infrastructure Financing

The virtues of private sector financing in infrastructure development are widely promoted: it supports countries in bridging their infrastructure financing deficit, helps countries diversify their financing portfolio, brings projects online quicke...

The Impact of Infrastructure on Economic Growth in Botswana

This paper determined how infrastructure stock impacts long-term economic growth in Botswana using the ARDL framework. The infrastructure variables considered in the study are the number of health facilities (proxy for healthcare infrastructure), ...

Understanding China's Belt and Road Infrastructure Projects in Africa

This paper examines the implementation of BRI infrastructure projects in Africa in light of available information and concludes that African experiences with the BRI are quite heterogeneous. Some of the major borrowers have debt sustainability pr...

China's African Infrastructure Projects: A Tool in Reshaping Global Norms

"The resilience of China’s investments in African infrastructure has been called into question in the light of its own economic slowdown. The substantial reduction in Chinese demand for African commodities has resulted in a significant drop in com...

Economic Competitiveness across Nigerian States: The Challenge of Infrastructure and Utilities

"This paper examines the main issues and challenges in benchmarking and assessment of infrastructure and utilities as a critical influence of business environment and economic competitiveness across Nigerian States. Section two reviews the concept...

Public Expenditure Tracking on Road Infrastructure in Uganda: The Case Study of Pallisa and Soroti Districts

"The main message of this study is that public action by making the choice to invest in infrastructure, has to be taken to alleviate the plight of Uganda’s economy which is endowed with adverse, natural or geographical aspects like tropical climat...

Time for a big push on infrastructure in Africa: What the G-20 can do

"The Seoul G-20 Multi-Year Action Plan on Development identified gaps in infrastructure as a key bottleneck to growth in developing countries. It committed the G-20 countries to overcoming obstacles to infrastructure investment, developing projec...

The Role of Infrastructure in Determining Export Competitiveness: Framework Paper

"Trade is beneficial for poverty reduction. There is little persuasive evidence concerning the effect of trade on income and therefore growth.The role of infrastructure in determining trade costs and therefore export competitiveness is explored in...

Infrastructure and PHC Services in Nigeria: The Case of Delta State

The emphasis of this policy brief is on the principle of accessibility. Accessibility emphasizes that health care services must be equally shared by all the people of the community irrespective of their race, creed or economic status. It shifts ...

Can Africa Build Greener Infrastructure while speeding up its Development? Lessons from China

In 2013 China launched a global connectivity project known as the Belt and Road Initiative. Under its flagship agenda, China seeks to mitigate slowing growth at home while supporting growth abroad, especially in other developing countries. Global ...

Infrastructure Financing in Botswana: Engagement with Multilateral Development Banks and Recommendations for Improving Lending Processes

The paper explores Botswana’s experience with multilateral development banks (MDBs) in financing infrastructure to identify key challenges and alternative financial mechanisms available to Botswana that may hinder greater lending by MDBs. It also ...

Improving Infrastructure Finance for Low-Income Countries: Recommendations for the ADF

Low-income countries (LICs) in subSaharan Africa face a substantial infrastructure-financing gap. Multilateral development banks (MDBs) have traditionally played an important role in mobilising finance for infrastructure in LICs, but their funding...

Infrastructures Africaines: Quelles Opportunités de Financement? / African Infrastructure: What are the funding opportunities?

The inadequate amount of infrastructure on the African continent is the first thing that strikes you as you contemplate the state thereof on the continent, compared to the needs. The situation is worse in the energy sector. Thirty African countrie...

Chinese Resources-for-Infrastructure (R4I) Swaps: An Escape from the Resource Curse

This paper discusses whether resources-for-infrastructure (R4I) swaps employed by the Chinese government and companies reduce or increase the risk that a resource-rich country will fall prey to the resource curse. To answer this question the paper...

Building on Progress: Infrastructure Development Still a Major Challenge in Africa

"Infrastructure is a bedrock for development. As an essential part of a supportive environment for investment and livelihood, adequate infrastructure promotes economic growth, reduces poverty, and improves delivery of health and other services. Th...

Exploring Economic Growth Potential through Infrastructure Collaboration: The Case of Kenya and Sudan

"The paper is organized as follows. After the introductory note, section two will briefly outline some salient features of the Kenyan and Sudanese economies, particularly their energy structure. The third section will briefly review the literature...

Financing Africa’s Infrastructure Deficit: From Development Banking to Long-Term Investing

This paper studies the appropriate financing structure of infrastructure investment in Africa. It starts with a description of recent initiatives to scale up infrastructure investment in Africa. The paper then uses insights from the literature o...

Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Infrastructure: The Role of Public Policy

Inclusive development, environmental sustainability and sustainable infrastructure is at the nexus of economic growth. A major investment boost will be needed to deliver infrastructure at scale to meet global growth and development objectives over...

Infrastructure Development and Financing in Sub-Saharan Africa: Toward a Framework for Capacity Enhancement

"Of the world’s developing regions, Sub-Saharan Africa has the worst infrastructure deficit, with studies pointing to lost growth opportunities. This study presents in one document information previously dispersed on the region’s infrastructure st...

Universal Health Coverage in Uganda: The Critical Health Infrastructure, Healthcare coverage and equity

This study aims to analyse the status of the critical health infrastructure which is needed to attain sustained progress towards UHC, and to review Uganda’s progress towards UHC. Some of the recent studies that have assessed UHC in Uganda have pri...

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