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Integrated infrastructure development

During the past three decades, infrastructure development has consistently become more organised and planned in many countries. Earlier, infrastructure development was often reactive, under-planned or unplanned. Now, infrastructure development is typically better planned; more proactive and forward looking; and more thoroughly integrated across sectors.

Infrastructure planning has often suffered from political constraints.

  • The political lifetime of a government can significantly influence infrastructure projects. Politicians are keen to see a project delivered within an electoral cycle
  • Project finance is constrained by the customary annual cycle of financing typical of the public sector.

Evolution of the infrastructure development landscape

A number of factors have contributed to better performance in infrastructure development, including:

  • International collaboration
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Private sector funding

International partners, especially those from the private sector, and private sector sources of project funding demand higher standards across all aspects of infrastructure project planning and implementation. Public sector projects, which had previously escaped this type of scrutiny, are now expected to be implemented using international benchmarks. Advances in technology have also contributed to these changes.

Advances in infrastructure project implementation

  • Infrastructure projects are typically larger, more costly and have a longer lifecycle
  • Infrastructure projects must now extend beyond the electoral cycle of 4 or 5 years
  • Projects are now financed through a more conventional project lifecycle framework – rather than the earlier public sector, 1-year model

These and other factors have forced new approaches to infrastructure development in every sector.

New elements in infrastructure project planning, implementation and management

The new infrastructure development landscape requires new elements in planning, implementation and management. These include:

  • International level expertise and working practice
  • Constant updating of management and technical competence
  • Greater focus on skills development at international standards
  • A more rigorous approach to project funding, matching international requirements of funding institutions

The above factors reinforce the importance of CIP's approach to infrastructure development – every aspect of every project in every sector must be dealt with as a unique case; even compared to seemingly similar projects in the same country

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