Last Updated:
26 Mar 2019

How much is needed? Infrastructure investments for sustainable development

This report aims to shift the investment needs debate away from a simple focus on spending more, towards spending better on the right objectives with the use of relevant metrics. It contributes to that ambitious agenda by offering a careful and systematic approach to estimating the financing needs (capital and operations and maintenance) to close the service gap, moving away from single estimates of new capital investment needs. The objective is to highlight the importance of clearly defining the vision or goals, as well as the sensitivity of the results to assumptions—about pricing, technology, demand, climate change and climate policy, and other key factors—in ways that can help inform policy choices.