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Infrastructure Notes

 

September 1990 - April 2000

 

Infrastructure Notes cover the topics of Ports and Shipping (PS), Railways (RW), Roads (RD), Rural Transport (RT), Urban Transport (UT), and Other Transport (OT) in the World Bank's transport sector operations.


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"Greening" the infrastructure recovery and assets (INFRA) platform (English)

"Greening" infrastructure potentially offers a convergence of delivering multiple objectives: promoting economic growth and development, enhancing long-term competiveness, and poverty reduction along with environmental sustainability. ... See More +

Brief 54782 JUL 01, 2009

Akbar, Sameer; Disclosed

Business environment and cost of doing business (English)

The objective of the Pakistan Infrastructure Implementation Capacity Assessment (PIICA) study was to identify and ascertain the extent to which certain complex and dysfunctional business processes in fact contribute to the overall delays caused in completion of infrastructure projects. ... See More +

Policy Note 43188 NOV 01, 2007

Disclosed

Focus group discussion (English)

The Pakistan Infrastructure Implementation Capacity Assessment (PIICA) study was initiated in response to a specific request from the Government of Pakistan (GoP) to study the capacity of the local construction industry (client institutions, contractors and consultants) to deliver the planned infrastructure projects under the Medium Term Development Framework (MTDF). ... See More +

Policy Note 43196 NOV 01, 2007

Disclosed

Purchase price review in the infrastructure industry (English)

The Pakistan Infrastructure Implementation Capacity Assessment (PIICA) analysis of the cost of materials, construction inputs, and technical services across the region can help in better understanding of the various dimensions of the infrastructure construction industry. ... See More +

Policy Note 43189 NOV 01, 2007

Mir, Aized H.; Abidi, Sohail; Durrani, Amer Z. Disclosed

Sanitary landfill design and siting criteria (English)

For two decades, solid waste components in Bank projects have focused on collection of solid wastes, with equipment provided to upgrade operations at existing open dumps. ... See More +

Brief 33780 NOV 01, 2004

Cointreau, Sandra Disclosed

Financing health care (English)

Health care costs are escalating rapidly in many countries. While many factors contribute to rising costs, health insurance plays a part by shielding patients and physicians from the real cost. ... See More +

Brief 62466 MAY 01, 2003

Taylor, Rob; Blair, Simon Disclosed

The building blocks of a sound local government finance system (English)

In many countries, the responsibilities for the provision and financing of public services are being increasingly decentralized. In transition and developing economies, the expanded local government role in service delivery is often hindered by limited financial resources, as well as weak institutional capacity, particularly in terms of inadequate financial, practices, management and know-how. ... See More +

Brief 34562 MAY 01, 2001

El Daher, Samir Disclosed

Specialized financial intermediaries for local governments: a market-based tool for local infrastructure finance (English)

In developing and transition economies, the combined effect of decentralization and urbanization has increased demand on local governments to provide and finance public services. ... See More +

Brief 30349 NOV 01, 2000

Water concessions - Who wins, who loses, and what to do about it (English)

This note, based on the World Bank's Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) project database, reviews trends in infrastructure projects with private participation in low-income countries. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21477 OCT 31, 2000

van den Berg, Caroline

Regulating quality - let competing firms offer a mix of price and quality options (English)

In many developing countries, the regulation of infrastructure service standards is rigid, and makes services too expensive for the poor. The current wave of liberalization of infrastructure, is an opportunity to address this problem. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21481 OCT 31, 2000

Trémolet, Sophie; Baker, Bill Disclosed

Utility reform - regulating quality standards to improve access for the poor (English)

Privatization of infrastructure services is often followed by stricter enforcement of quality standards, which raises costs, maintaining, or worsening the exclusion of the poor. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21479 OCT 31, 2000

Trémolet, Sophie; Baker, Bill Disclosed

Scorecard for subsidies - how utility subsidies perform in transition economies (English)

Unlike the poor in many developing countries, those in Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, are highly connected to network utilities. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21478 OCT 31, 2000

Lovei,Laszlo; Haney,Michael; Shkaratan,Maria; Gurenko,Eugene N.; O'Keefe,Philip B. Disclosed

Micro-infrastructure - regulators must take small operators seriously (English)

Small-scale providers of infrastructure services, are proving to be more responsive than utilities, to needs of poor consumers. They might be delivering water services by tanker, transport services by minivan, or electricity through mini-grids, or household solar panels. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21480 OCT 31, 2000

Trémolet, Sophie; Baker, Bill Disclosed

Are the trends in low-income countries different? (English)

This note, based on the World Bank's Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) project database, reviews trends in infrastructure projects with private participation in low-income countries. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21476 OCT 31, 2000

Houskamp,Melissa Lee; Tynan,Nicola Caroline Disclosed

Multiservice infrastructure - privatizing port services (English)

Ports have become increasingly capital intensive. Economies of scale have led to larger, more specialized ships, and, competition between ports has started to grow. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21482 OCT 31, 2000

Trujillo Castellano,Lourdes; Nombela,Gustavo Disclosed

Private infrastructure activity fell by thirty percent in 1999 (English)

This note, which draws on the World Bank's Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) database, provides an overview of recent trends in infrastructure projects with private participation in developing countries. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21475 SEP 30, 2000

Rao,Geetha; Izaguirre Alvarado Bradley,Ada Karina Disclosed

Credit ratings : an introduction (and the case of sub-sovereign ratings) (English)

In providing independent opinions to investors as to the credit quality of debt issuers, credit ratings have become important parameters in market acceptance and pricing of debt. ... See More +

Brief 21106 JUL 31, 1999

El Daher, Samir Disclosed

Addressing poverty issues in transport sector operations (English)

Transport is often viewed as having only an indirect role in poverty reduction. This note highlights opportunities for transport to directly help the poor, and suggests practical ways to address poverty issues in transport sector operations. ... See More +

Brief 81603 JUL 01, 1999

Liu, Zhi; Gannon, Colin A. Disclosed

Subnational governments in an adjustment strategy : lessons from Argentina's provincial development projects (English)

Decentralization is a prominent element of Argentina's reform program. As a result, provinces and municipalities have played an increasingly important role not only as providers of services but also as generators of fiscal deficits. ... See More +

Brief 38331 MAY 01, 1997

Vetter, David; Zanetta, Cecilia Disclosed

Decentralized government and macroeconomic control (English)

There is wide agreement that decentralized government can improve the allocation of public resources by bringing decision-making closer to consumers and by enhancing the accountability of public officials and bureaucrats. ... See More +

Brief 38329 MAY 01, 1997

Spahn, Paul Bernd Disclosed

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"Greening" the infrastructure recovery and assets (INFRA) platform (English)
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JUL 01, 2009 54782 Brief
Business environment and cost of doing business (English)
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NOV 01, 2007 43188 Policy Note
Focus group discussion (English)
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NOV 01, 2007 43196 Policy Note
Purchase price review in the infrastructure industry (English)
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NOV 01, 2007 43189 Policy Note
Sanitary landfill design and siting criteria (English)
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NOV 01, 2004 33780 Brief
Financing health care (English)
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MAY 01, 2003 62466 Brief
The building blocks of a sound local government finance system (English)
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MAY 01, 2001 34562 Brief
Specialized financial intermediaries for local governments: a market-based tool for local infrastructure finance (English)
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NOV 01, 2000 30349 Brief
Water concessions - Who wins, who loses, and what to do about it (English)
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OCT 31, 2000 21477 Viewpoint
Regulating quality - let competing firms offer a mix of price and quality options (English)
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OCT 31, 2000 21481 Viewpoint
Utility reform - regulating quality standards to improve access for the poor (English)
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OCT 31, 2000 21479 Viewpoint
Scorecard for subsidies - how utility subsidies perform in transition economies (English)
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OCT 31, 2000 21478 Viewpoint
Micro-infrastructure - regulators must take small operators seriously (English)
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OCT 31, 2000 21480 Viewpoint
Are the trends in low-income countries different? (English)
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OCT 31, 2000 21476 Viewpoint
Multiservice infrastructure - privatizing port services (English)
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OCT 31, 2000 21482 Viewpoint
Private infrastructure activity fell by thirty percent in 1999 (English)
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SEP 30, 2000 21475 Viewpoint
Credit ratings : an introduction (and the case of sub-sovereign ratings) (English)
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JUL 31, 1999 21106 Brief
Addressing poverty issues in transport sector operations (English)
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JUL 01, 1999 81603 Brief
Subnational governments in an adjustment strategy : lessons from Argentina's provincial development projects (English)
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MAY 01, 1997 38331 Brief
Decentralized government and macroeconomic control (English)
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MAY 01, 1997 38329 Brief