Infrastructure sharing in energy and digital development: takeaways from cross-sectoral cooperation

ict_day_card_1In many parts of the world, the sharing economy is ever-present for individuals, allowing them to use personal assets—for example, houses and cars—to their fullest potential. If you plan to be away for a period of time, why not rent your space for a few extra bucks?

Such a phenomenon exists in infrastructure economics, where the level of asset utilization matters for end-cost. As more consumers use the same infrastructure more frequently, the unit cost for all consumers goes down. Recent projects combining expertise from the World Bank’s digital development and energy teams demonstrate this.

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Three criteria to better classify PPPs in Africa

14114018832_e77c929548_kIt is broadly understood that public-private partnerships (PPP) are a procurement tool that encompass design, financing, construction and long-term operation of a public infrastructure by the private sector. They can be cost-effective thanks to adequate risk transfer and performance criteria, and help bridge Africa’s large infrastructure gap in many sectors.

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GIF: making climate-smart infrastructure bankable

gif_card_1There are many drivers of climate change, but few would disagree that energy infrastructure built according to “business-as-usual” standards is a major one. Meeting the lofty goals set at the 2015 Paris Climate Accords requires powering our homes, businesses, and government agencies with a cleaner mix of energy that includes more renewable sources. It also requires promoting standards that encourage energy efficiency—for example, for appliances or building codes—as a low-cost and high-impact way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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eC2:Technical Assistance on Project Screening and Prioritization and Outline Business Cases (OBCs) Development for PPPs in Infrastructure Sector

Deadline: 30-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) PPPs

Description: The objectives are to provide technical assistance and advisory services to BAPPENAS Directorate of PPP and Financial Engineering, specifically on: (a) PPP project screening and prioritization; and (b) development of outline business cases (OBCs) for selected PPP projects. The technical assistance under this TA will be structured into two main activities: (i) project screening and prioritization; and (ii) development of OBCs. The activity outcomes are to screen and prioritize the projects and expected to feed into the subsequent OBCs development for the most priority projects.
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eC2: Increasing Rail Freight Share in India

indexDeadline: 24-May-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Indian Railways has many freight marketing policies which are designed to increase rail freight share, however, it has not been able to meet its stated objective. A few of the strategies include: 1)Development of Private Freight Terminals by private sector to provide intermodal transport connectivity and serve as a marketing interface in between IR and intended customers 2)Rating mechanisms which leans on what the cargo can bear and favours long lead movements 3) Private Sidings and Own your wagon schemes which induce private equity, ownership and increase in infrastructure to assist movement of cargo on rail.

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Report: Policy Guidelines for Managing Unsolicited Proposals in Infrastructure Projects – Volume 1

untitledWhen it comes to infrastructure projects, “unsolicited proposals” (USPs) represent an alternative to the traditional project initiation method where the private sector, rather than the government, takes the leading role in identifying and developing a project. In practice, many public authorities across the world resort to USPs motivated by the perspective of solving the challenges brought by their lack of capacity to identify and develop projects. However, many projects that originate as USPs experience challenges, including diverting public resources away from the strategic plans of the government, providing poor value for money, and leading to patronage and lack of transparency, particularly in developing countries. To ensure governments can mobilize the strengths of the private sector while protecting the public interest, USPs, when accepted, should be managed and used with caution as an exception to the public procurement method.

Main Findings & Recommendations 

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Infrastructure & Africa’s development—the PPP imperative

Africa is a continent rich in natural resources and boasts a large young, ambitious, and entrepreneurial-minded population. Harnessed properly, these endowments and advantages could usher in a period of sustained economic growth and increased well-being for all Africans. However, a lack of modern infrastructure is a major challenge to Africa’s economic development and constitutes a significant impediment to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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PPP & Infrastructure: A critical piece of the infrastructure puzzle

A major factor hindering infrastructure implementation and delivery is the absence of good governance, according to the 130 delegates from 27 countries who came together for the first Regional Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance in Cape Town in November.

There’s no denying infrastructure is crucial to Africa’s growth prospects. Nor can one ignore the ever-growing need for infrastructure on the continent—in Sub-Saharan Africa, only 35% of the population has access to electricity, and 23% still lack access to safe water and sanitation. Despite an estimated shortfall of nearly $100 billion in infrastructure investment in Africa, lack of financing is not the biggest problem.

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eC2: DEVELOPING AN INFRASTRUCTURE AND PPP SCREENING TOOL FOR INDONESIA

PPPsDeadline: 11-Jan-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: SCOPE OF WORK: Under this consultancy work, a Multi-Sector Screening and Prioritization Tool for proposed infrastructure projects (from the 19 infrastructure sectors as defined in Perpres 38/2015), will be developed for the Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS).

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The Roadmap for Safer Schools—a conversation on making school infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters

gpss_roadmap_coverImagine that you are an advisor to your country’s Minister of Education. A recent earthquake damaged hundreds of schools in several cities. The minister has called for a meeting with you and asked: What are the main factors that contribute to the vulnerability of our school infrastructure? What can be done to prevent similar damages in the future?

So… What would you advise? In search of answers, we spoke with the leaders of the World Bank’s Global Program for Safer Schools (GPSS), who have recently launched an innovative tool, the Roadmap for Safer Schools. This roadmap is a guide to design and implement systematic actions to improve the safety and resilience of school infrastructure at risk from natural hazards. 

What makes schools unsafe?

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