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Infrastructure investment sets countries’ opportunities and constraints. High-quality infrastructure production and ongoing maintenance is vital for the security, economic growth and livelihoods of citizens. Worldwide, inadequate delivery of quality infrastructure impedes nations at all levels of development – economically, socially and environmentally. While some $25 trillion will be invested in infrastructure globally over the next 25 years, it is clear that there is a huge opportunity cost in terms of infrastructure that is subject to poor planning, management, corruption and integration.

This manual provides a multi-stakeholder view of potential and constraints in infrastructure production and delivery. It is aimed at policy makers, private sector leaders and development institutions. It analyzes key infrastructure policies globally: financing gaps; inappropriate investment; planning gaps; procurement practices; lack of maintenance; and weak governance. It then explains potential solution sets for application to multiple scenarios – and from the perspective of multiple actors.