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World Bank/Public-Private Infrastructure Assistance Facility Issue Mapping

Related: Resilience

At the request of the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), under contract through the World Bank, Meridian Institute conducted an independent “issue mapping” effort to clarify issues regarding the provision of infrastructure services (such as clean water, sanitation, electricity, telecommunications, and transport services) in developing countries. In this process, Meridian staff conducted interviews with 45 thought leaders and decision makers from government, industry, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and multilateral organizations, to determine the key factors and experiences shaping their opinions regarding recent and future efforts to improve public infrastructure service delivery.


Meridian staff then examined the issues and concerns raised and prepared an issue mapping report. The report summarized key themes and highlighted questions that attempt to reframe the debate and move away from a stark either/or position to a more nuanced understanding of the problems facing developing countries regarding public infrastructure service delivery. This shift offered an opportunity for all parties to identify common ground and move forward with the process of providing basic public services to the world’s poorest citizens.

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