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Infrastructure services : the building blocks of development (Inglês)

Infrastructure is the foundation for development of any country. Infrastructure is about delivering essential services-water supply, sanitation, energy, roads, and information communications technology-that people need to maintain a basic standard of living. These services lead to improvements in health, access to education, economic opportunities, and family income. Yet for millions in many poor countries, these services are still beyond reach. About half of the world's population lives below the poverty line, with some 1.1 billion people lacking access to clean water supply. Roughly 2.4 billion live with inadequate sanitation. At the same time, 2 to 3 billion people lack access to modern energy, and roughly 20 percent of rural populations reside more than 2 km from an all-weather road. Infrastructure, an important part of the World Bank's development agenda, is central to the Bank's efforts to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The development community and developing countries recognize the key role that infrastructure plays, both directly and indirectly, in helping to achieve these goals. Infrastructure is essential for growth and poverty reduction. Infrastructure services are key inputs to health and for access to education. And such basic services as water are critical in and of themselves. This publication highlights the many ways in which the Bank's infrastructure activities are helping achieve these goals and more.

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