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Infrastructure services in developing countries: access, quality, costs and policy reform

Cecilia Briceno-Garmendia, Antonio Estache and Nemat Shafik

No 3468, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: The authors 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.

Keywords: Health Economics&Finance; Decentralization; Environmental Economics&Policies; Public Sector Economics&Finance; Banks&Banking Reform; Public Sector Economics&Finance; Health Economics&Finance; Environmental Economics&Policies; Urban Services to the Poor; Urban Services to the Poor (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2004-12-01
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