National Infrastructure Prioritisation

At the beginning of the infrastructure life cycle there are three critical considerations for government decision-makers.

  • Establishing a vision of what outcomes a nation’s infrastructure networks should deliver
  • Assessing what level of infrastructure need is required to achieve that vision
  • Developing a national infrastructure strategy in order to deliver the established vision and identified infrastructure need

If you are new to the Enabling Better Infrastructure programme, watch this video from Chair, Sir Michael Bear, or download the report and read the twelve guiding principles.

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Curacao: UNOPS and ITRC Evidenced Based Infrastructure in Curacao

Updated: 23 October 2019

A joint project of the Government of Curacao, ITRC and UNOPS.

The new cruise pier in Curacao. Image Bam Nuttal.

Through extensive data collection and cross-sectoral analysis, it estimates Curacao’s future infrastructure needs and delivers recommendations for how those needs can be met.

Climate change-driven flood risks are assessed to prioritise risk reduction activities. The assessment provides new evidence to support infrastructure decision-making to ensure long-term sustainable and resilient development. The assessment was launched in May 2018.

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UK: Airports Commission: Final Report

Updated: 23 October 2019

The Commission was appointed to examine the need for new airport capacity in the South East of England.

The final report from the UK Airport Commission.

The Commission examined options at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports; recommending that an additional runway be built at the former.

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UK: The Armitt Review

Updated: 23 October 2019

The report, published in 2013, aimed to develop a way forward which had cross-party support for evidence-based decision-making in the UK.

Sir John Armitt

The Review sets out recommendations for a 25 to 30-year national infrastructure strategy underpinned by an evidence-based needs assessment and a new independent National Infrastructure Commission.

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UK: Institution of Civil Engineers National Needs Assessment

Updated: 23 October 2019

The report takes stock of the UK’s infrastructure and states what decisions need to be taken to deliver services up until 2050.

Institution of Civil Engineers NNA report.

Among the recommendations are:

  • A long-term strategic approach to infrastructure provision for the UK
  • Government should commit to stable policies for infrastructure that transcend political cycles
  • A systems approach is critical in view of the interdependencies between infrastructure sectors.

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US: American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Scorecard

Updated: 23 October 2019

A report assessing the performance and provision of infrastructure across the United States.

Infrasturcture report in the US.

The assessment aims to inform and influence infrastructure planning and funding, whilst stimulating public debate around the need to improve the condition of infrastructure.

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South Africa: Infrastructure report card for South Africa

Updated: 23 October 2019

A report on the infrastructure in South Africa.

Grades the full range of infrastructure networks across South Africa to provide government decision-makers and delivery bodies with a view as to where key challenges are concentrated.

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Global: G20 Global Infrastructure Outlook

Updated: 23 October 2019

A look a the global infrastructure situation.

The study estimates how much the world needs to spend on infrastructure by 2040, taking into account economic and demographic challenges whereby investment will be required.

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New Zealand: Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan

Updated: 23 October 2019

The Plan focuses on the better use of existing infrastructure and enhanced allocation of new investment.

New tunnel infrastructure in New Zealand.

The Plan was developed by the National Infrastructure Unit in conjunction with the National Infrastructure Advisory Board. Government agencies, peak bodies and partner organisations across the local government and private sectors were also consulted during its development.

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Ireland: Draft of Ireland 2040 – Our Plan

Updated: 23 October 2019

Wind farms in Ireland.

The report provides a planning framework for national, regional and local investment decisions to 2040.

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South Africa: National Infrastructure Plan

Updated: 23 October 2019

The South African government adopted a National Infrastructure Plan in 2012.

South Africa has adopted their plan.

It aims to transform the economic landscape while simultaneously creating significant numbers of new jobs and strengthening the delivery of basic services.

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Global: UNDP Good Practices (integrating the SDGs into development planning for Malaysia)

Updated: 24 October 2019

In 1991, Malaysia established an ambitious national vision with the ultimate goal of becoming a fully developed country by 2020.

Malaysia is seeking to becoming fully developed by 2020

This briefs illustrate emerging good practices in integrating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs into development planning in Malaysia. It also highlights innovative practices in development planning that can serve as good examples for other countries and regions for their work in planning for the 2030 Agenda.

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Norway: National Transport Plan

Updated: 24 October 2019

Norway operates a two-stage process for selecting and appraising projects that arise from its National Transport Plan (NTP).

MF Stavangerfjord. Image Wikipedia

The NTP covers a 12-year period (increased from 10 in 2017). This timeframe allows the NTP to span several political cycles.

The NTP is multi-modal and is based on common set of methodologies and assumptions that are shared by Norway’s various sector-specific transport agencies. Each agency and also lower tiers of government can propose nationally significant projects for inclusion in the NTP.

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UK: Infrastructure transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) National Infrastructure Systems Infrastructure Model

Updated: 24 October 2019

NISMOD is a system of systems modelling and planning tool developed by a consortium led by the University of Oxford.

Infrastructure transitions Research Consortium

The original UK tool is made up of four sections supporting the analysis of:

  • Long-term performance of interdependent systems
  • Risks and vulnerabilities in national infrastructure systems
  • Impact of infrastructure on regional economic growth
  • A data and modelling platform to ensure transparency and traceability of the results

A fifth section provides a series of open source tools to help apply NISMOD outside the UK.

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Australia: Better Infrastructure Initiative: Shifting Australia’s infrastructure mindset to the long game

Updated: 05 November 2019

This report sets out the case for long-term planning consistent with the welfare of the community infrastructure will serve, rather than the short-term politics of the day.

Sydney airport construction

It makes 10 recommendations, including the need to address institutional memory, adopting the Highways England model in Australia, the need to place risk at an appropriate level and the encouragement of investor support.

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Singapore: Ministry of National Development An Endearing Home, A Distinctive Global City

Updated: 16 October 2019

Singapore has gone through a remarkable transformation over the last 50 years, which has been a result of careful planning, innovation and good co-ordination between the public and private sectors, citizens and government.

Singapore city

The vision sets out the need “to develop world-class infrastructure, creating a vibrant and sustainable living environment and building rooted and cohesive communities.”

The Ministry of National Development worked with the Building and Construction Authority; the Council for Estate Agencies; the Housing and Development Board; the National Parks Board; and the Urban Redevelopment Authority to define Singapore’s long-term vision and mission for infrastructure.

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UK: National Infrastructure Commission National infrastructure Assessment

Updated: 16 October 2019

The National Infrastructure Assessment looks at the United Kingdom’s future economic infrastructure needs up to 2050 and makes recommendations across the full range of economic infrastructure networks.

A look into the UK's infrastructure

It is based on a robust, evidence-based and cross-sectoral analysis and makes long-term strategic recommendations to government. The UK National Infrastructure Commission was established in October 2015 as the non-ministerial government department responsible for providing expert infrastructure advice to UK government.

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Australia: Australia Infrastructure Plan

Updated: 16 October 2019

Sydney Metro part of the infrastructure plan.

The Plan published in 2016 sets out the infrastructure challenges and opportunities Australia faces over the next 15 years. It sets out 78 recommendations for reform and is designed to address infrastructure gaps.

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Hong Kong: 2030+

Updated: 22 October 2019

A comprehensive study to update the territorial development strategy.

Hong Kong 2030+

It builds on the foundations of Hong Kong 2030 and revisits the planning strategy and spatial development directions beyond 2030. A visionary, proactive, pragmatic and action-oriented approach is adopted to ensure a focused public dialogue on the key planning issues critical to future development in and outside Hong Kong.

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Canada: Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

Updated: 27 November 2018

Canada’s long-term plan for infrastructure investment. Over a 12-year period, the plan aims to:

  • Generate long-term economic growth to build a stronger middle class
  • Improve the resilience of communities and transition to a clean growth economy
  • Improve social inclusion and socio-economic outcomes for all Canadians

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UAE: Vision 2021 National Agenda

Updated: 27 November 2019

UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda

The UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda has been developed to promote a sustainable environment and to achieve a balance between economic and social development. This includes an emphasis on switching to clean energy, placing a priority on improving air quality, preserving water resources and implementing green growth plans.

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