Last Updated:
26 Mar 2019

Incorporating Resilience in Infrastructure Prioritization

Application to Japan’s Road Transport Sector

Disruption of infrastructure services can cause significant social and economic losses, particularly in the event of a natural disaster and shows the importance of considering resilience to disaster in infrastructure investment decisions.

To support infrastructure investment decision making for sustainable and resilient development, the World Bank and Kyoto University have operationalized key resilience concepts at the project level and developed quantitative indicators capturing key aspects of infrastructure resilience. These indicators estimate ‘resilience’, expressed in terms of functionality loss and recovery time across four dimensions: travel time, economic benefit, provision of life-saving services, and provision of relief goods. The approach is now being tested for transport projects.