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Enabling Better Infrastructure

Offering insights to national policymakers worldwide on how to plan and deliver infrastructure that achieves the most effective social and economic outcomes.

The world is changing. Rapid urbanisation, demographic shifts and climate change are impacting societies.

About the Enabling Better Infrastructure programme

Many countries face the same challenges across the infrastructure lifecycle: the need to unlock better procurement processes, value, social and economic outcomes, and to address shared global challenges in a sustainable way.

Enabling Better Infrastructure (EBI) is a multi-stage programme that supports national policymakers.

It designs guidance and provides shared insight to support the long-term prioritisation and planning of infrastructure to meet sustainable development targets.

Twelve guiding principles for prioritising and planning infrastructure

The Enabling Better Infrastructure programme has identified twelve guiding principles for prioritising and planning infrastructure.

These are available to download in a range of languages:

Who is the programme aimed at?

All country-level policymakers involved in the planning and prioritisation of national infrastructure. These stakeholders play a significant role in decision-making processes.

What makes EBI different?

EBI supports policymakers in strengthening their national pipeline of infrastructure projects, acknowledging diversity in infrastructure and processes.

It also focuses on thought leadership and the development of collaborative networks to help address challenges in a changing world.

12 guiding principles for prioritising and planning infrastructure

The Enabling Better Infrastructure programme has identified 12 guiding principles for prioritising and planning infrastructure.

Principles were developed using policymaker insights to meet sustainable development targets recognising different national needs.

This enables assessing what level of infrastructure need is required to achieve that vision, which lays the foundation for developing a national infrastructure strategy.

Why is developing a national strategy so important?

Planning and prioritising infrastructure efficiently requires establishing a strategic vision of what outcomes a nation's infrastructure networks should deliver.

Why showcase diversity of experience?

Every policymaker and country has something to share. Showcasing diversity highlights the different ways we can prioritise and plan infrastructure and this helps to strengthen our global approach to building stable, sustainable, and investable infrastructures throughout the infrastructure lifecycle.

Click on the 12 principles below to learn more


Identify strategic objectives


Consider Sustainable Development Goals as a supporting framework


Establish a national strategy


Incorporate national characteristics


Conduct a needs-assessment


Identify risks to implementation


Assess costs and benefits


Provide guidance on what is affordable


Ruthlessly prioritise infrastructure programmes


Develop private sector guidance


Consult with a broad stakeholder group


Enhance data quality for decision-making

Supporting insight sharing

Toward helping countries to strengthen their planning and prioritisation, we have identified the need to support sharing.

We are currently setting up a collaborative network of government officials and political advisors directly responsible for strategic infrastructure decision-making to help us draw insights from across countries toward strengthening national infrastructure planning and prioritisation.

Why focus on insight sharing?

As many countries are facing similar challenges across the infrastructure lifecycle, insight sharing can streamline the troubleshooting process and assist with addressing similar concerns more rapidly.

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Our partners

The programme is supported by a range of partners.

Environmental Change Iinstitute

Environmental Change Iinstitute

The ECI is an interdisciplinary unit within Oxford University researching the many dimensions of global environmental change.

International Transport Forum

International Transport Forum

It is the only global body with a mandate for all modes of transport. It acts as a think tank for transport policy issues and organises the annual global summit of transport ministers.



KPMG International Limited is a multinational professional services network, and one of the Big Four accounting organisations.

Pinsent Mansons

Pinsent Mansons

Our depth of knowledge and expertise in Energy, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Technology, Science and Industry enable us to deliver bold, innovative and relevant solutions to the 90% of our clients who work in these five sectors.

University of Sydney

University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is one of the best universities in Australia, and is consistently ranked in the top 50 universities in the world.



The United Nations Office for Project Services is a United Nations agency dedicated to implementing infrastructure and procurement projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners around the world.

Get in touch

Our policy team works to help inform strategic decision-making on national infrastructure.

Get in touch to find out more about the programme, or be part of the programme.