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Infrastructure: Rapid Evidence Reviews

This document contains a collection of the 15 Rapid Evidence Reviews commissioned by DFID as background papers for its Infrastructure Position Paper. Each Rapid Review considers the evidence on different sectors under three key themes: climate change adaptation, mitigation and low carbon development; service delivery to the poor; and, infrastructure’s role in growth and poverty reduction. Particular topics addressed include: Climate Finance; Energy Infrastructure; Water & Sanitation; and Corruption & Transparency.

The Evidence Reviews show that infrastructure provision, construction and maintenance play a large role in all sectors; contributing to climate change resilience, low-carbon development, provision of services and providing economic growth. However, there is a major infrastructure financing deficit and donor funding is shifting away from infrastructure investment. New sources of finance need to be found, including climate finance which could be utilised to a greater extent for infrastructure projects.