Infrastructure Services in Developing Countries: Access, Quality, Costs, and Policy Reform

33 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2005

See all articles by Cecilia Briceno-Garmendia

Cecilia Briceno-Garmendia

World Bank

Antonio Estache

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)

Nemat Shafik

World Bank

Date Written: December 2004

Abstract

Briceno, Estache, and Shafik review the evidence on the state of infrastructure in the developing world, emphasizing the investment needs and the emerging policy issues. While their assessment is seriously constrained by data gaps, they provide useful insights on the main challenges ahead, emphasizing that, in addition to the widely discussed access problems, the poorest also face major affordability and service quality issues which were not well addressed by the reforms of the 1990s. The authors make a case for a stronger commitment of the international community to generate the information needed to assess and monitor infrastructure needs and policies.

This paper - a product of the Office of the Vice President, Infrastructure Network - is part of a larger effort in the network to upgrade economic and policy work in infrastructure.

Keywords: Infrastructure Services in Developing Countries: Access, Quality, Costs and Policy Reform

Suggested Citation

Briceno-Garmendia, Cecilia and Estache, Antonio and Shafik, Nemat, Infrastructure Services in Developing Countries: Access, Quality, Costs, and Policy Reform (December 2004). World Bank Policy Research Paper No. 3468. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=643265

Cecilia Briceno-Garmendia

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Antonio Estache (Contact Author)

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Nemat Shafik

World Bank

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