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World Development Report 1994: Infrastructure for Development

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World Development Report
English; Paperback; 264 pages
Published June 1, 1994 by World Bank; Oxford University Press USA
SKU: 60992

"This 17th edition of the World Development Report focuses on services essential for households, business, and governments to function-- transport, telecommunications, water and sanitation, power and gas, and major water works.Quantity vs. Quality. Infrastructure is one of the areas in which government policy and finance have an important role to play because of its pervasive impact on economic development and human welfare. This Report presents new strategies for developing infrastructure in more effective, less wasteful ways. The Report shows that the quantity of investment cannot be the exclusive focus of policy. It is also vital that the quality of infrastructure service be improved. Readers are provided with a review of developing countries' experience with infrastructure development and an assessment of its current state. The Report asserts that the time is ripe for change. It considers new ways of meeting public needs for services from infrastructure--ways that are more efficient, more user-responsive, more environmentally friendly, and more resourceful in using both the public and private sectors.Changing the incentives. To promote more efficient and responsive delivery of infrastructure services, the Report points to the need to change incentives through the application of three instruments--commercial management, competition, and stakeholder involvement. The Report also identifies trends that will facilitate improvements in the performance of infrastructure. These include innovation in technology and regulatory management, the new willingness of governments to involve the private sector, and increased concern about social and environmental sustainability. Benefits from improved performance would unquestionably be large. Approximately $200 billion is invested in the sector annually in the developing world, and the savings accrued from better provision and performance would be substantial.A copublication of the World Bank and Oxford University Press."

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