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Water for Economic Development: Evidence and Programming Entry Points

This briefing note provides an overview of the potential opportunities for integrating water considerations into infrastructure and wider economic development programming. The brief explains the underlying theories of change that…

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Report: Transboundary waters in South Asia Unpacking evidence of contributions to sustainable development

The objective of this report is to analyse how investing in transboundary water infrastructure and governance contributes to sustainable and inclusive economic development, unpacking the assumptions being made into testable…

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Promoting Women’s empowerment through energy

The design, planning, delivery and governance of infrastructure has to be a game changer for improving women’s lives, by reducing the demands and drudgery of household and care work, increasing…

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Urbanisation in a digital world: The importance of cities

In early 2017 the UK’s Department for International Development’s ICED programme convened a roundtable of UK government departments, investors, NGOs, urban development practitioners and private sector technology and infrastructure services…

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Case Study: Dakar Municipal Bond

…Dakar and raise financing for municipal infrastructure projects (See Annex I, Table 7). This illustrates a number of distinctive and instructive features even though the planned municipal bond issue was…

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Construction Sector Employment in Low-Income Countries: Opportunities and Barriers

…managerial, human and financial capacity to participate in large infrastructure tenders. By breaking down construction contracts local enterprises can increase their participation in public works. Installment of quotas on the…

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Construction Sector Employment in Low-Income Countries: Executive Summary

…the lack of domestic capacity to deliver high quality and cost-effective infrastructure is limiting the enabling economic benefits of improved transport, power or other services. Where labour and materials are…

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Smart cities in the global South: a path to prosperity or irrelevant luxury?

Do ‘smart cities’ bear relevance in the burgeoning cities of the global south? Basic infrastructure and service provision shortfalls faced by many southern cities present a challenging context for ‘smart’…

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Case Summary: Nepal Centre for Inclusive Growth

The Centre for Inclusive Growth (CIG) was initially set-up as a think-tank to inform economic policy and help tackle Nepal’s growth constraints associated with inadequate infrastructure, flawed macro-economic management and…

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Case Summary: Bangladesh’s IDCOL Solar Programme

Infrastructure Development Company Ltd. (IDCOL), a government finance institution, has been instrumental in scaling-up electricity access through off-grid solar home systems (SHS) across Bangladesh. This public-private partnership has successfully rolled…

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