The seventeenth annual World Development Report examines the link between infrastructure and development and explores ways in which developing countries can improve both the provision and the quality of infrastructure services. In recent decades, developing countries have made substantial investments in infrastructure, but even more infrastructure investment and expansion are needed in order to extend the reach of services - especially to people living in rural areas and to the poor. The quantity of investment, however, cannot be the exclusive focus of policy. Improving the quality of infrastructure service also is vital. Low operating efficiency, inadequate maintenance, and lack of attention to the needs of users have all played a part in reducing the development impact of infrastructure investments in the past. Both quantity and quality improvements are essential to modernize and divesify production, help countries compete internationally, and accommodate rapid urbanization. The report identifies the basic cause of poor past performance as inadequate institutional incentives for improving the provision of infrastructure. It then examines how these incentives can be changed through commercial management, competition, and user involvement.

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  • Publication Date: 1994


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  • Accession Number: 00712441
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-19-520992-3
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 24 1995 12:00AM