The Enabling Framework

To facilitate the delivery of high-performing infrastructure networks, there are six enablers that decision-makers should ensure are in place.

  • Appropriate and robust institutional frameworks
  • The provision of sustainable funding and financing mechanisms
  • Data-led decision making
  • Widespread stakeholder support for strategic delivery of national infrastructure
  • Suitable legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Human capacity and resourcing requirements

If you are new to the Enabling Better Infrastructure programme, watch this video from Chair, Sir Michael Bear, or download the report and read the twelve guiding principles.

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Peru: ProInversion

Updated: 22 October 2019

ProInversion is the state authority in Peru responsible for the procurement of infrastructure projects.

Infrastructure in Lima

Projects are developed, prioritised and put forward by individual government bodies covering, for example, transport and energy. At the point that they are offered to the market, they are managed by ProInversion.

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UK: National Infrastructure Commission Data for the Public Good

Updated: 22 October 2019

The report makes recommendations on how regulators, utilities and network operators sharing data, with the appropriate security and privacy arrangements, can catalyse innovation and improve user experience.

UK's National Infrastructure Commission

It also focuses on fostering collaboration in industry to develop appropriate data standards, building on existing regulations and guidelines.

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France: The French National Commission for Public Debate

Updated: 22 October 2019

The Commission focuses on the early feasibility stages of major infrastructure projects prior to the formal consenting process. This includes a national consultation exercise, led by the French Commission of Public Debate (CNDP).

Infrastructure in France. Photo wiki commons

The CNDP is an independent, state-financed body, made up of 25 members. All projects over a certain threshold are required to be put to the CNDP for consideration. If accepted, it can set up its own commission to manage the process, or ask the developer to manage a public debate, with the CNDP taking an oversight role. The debate process provides a wide-scale consultation with the public at an early pre-application stage for a period of four months.

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Global: OECD Getting Infrastructure Right

Updated: 23 October 2019

10 key challenges

The report summarises the 10 key governance challenges and policy options to improve strategic visioning and integrated policy-making.

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Global: World Bank, Beyond the Gap

Updated: 23 October 2019

Shifting the debate on infrastructure investment.

The report aims to shift the debate regarding investment needs away from a simple focus on spending more and towards spending more strategically on the right objectives, using relevant metrics.

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UK: National Infrastructure Commission Data sharing in infrastructure

Updated: 23 October 2019

See what challenges there are with data sharing.

This study examines the challenges for data sharing in the infrastructure sector, the potential benefits of increased data sharing and the role government can play in facilitating this. The main focus of the analysis is on the UK’s energy and transport sectors.

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UK: London Assembly Datastore

Updated: 23 October 2019

The London Datastore is a free and open data-sharing portal where anyone can access data relating to the city.

Understand data sharing.

The site provides over 700 datasets to help a wide range of users (including businesses and researchers) understand the city and develop solutions to some of the challenges it currently faces. It includes dedicated datasets related to transport, housing and the environment.

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UK: National Infrastructure Commission Data as Infrastructure

Updated: 23 October 2019

Data for the public good.

This report was one of four pieces of external research commissioned to support the Commission’s Data for the Public Good study. It explores the case for considering data as conventional infrastructure.

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Global: The World Bank Open Data Toolkit

Updated: 23 October 2019

Using digital information as a tool.

The Open Data Toolkit is designed to help governments, staff of the World Bank and other users understand the basic precepts of open data in order that they are able to plan and implement open government data programmes.

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UK: National Infrastructure Commission International Infrastructure Governance

Updated: 23 October 2019

This report sets out the findings from an analysis of infrastructure decision making and consenting in France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Infrastructure governance

The report and its findings are based upon a limited sample of case studies and therefore offer a snap-shot of governance related to particular types of infrastructure in specific countries. The conclusions seek to draw out themes and issues that have relevance to the UK consenting process and would be of interest to decisionmakers.

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Netherlands: Multi-Year Programme for Infrastructure, Spatial Planning and Transport

Updated: 23 October 2019

Multi-year programme for the Netherlands.

The Multi-Year Programme for Infrastructure, Spatial Planning and Transport (MIRT) promotes collaboration between project partners working on major infrastructure projects so as to ensure that they deliver improvements to quality of life, access, and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment.

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Malaysia: Performance Management and Delivery Unit

Updated: 23 October 2019

Ensuring successful delivery.

Malaysia’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) was established in September 2009 to ensure the successful delivery of its national transformation programmes, including those related to infrastructure.

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UK: Saïd Business School Major Projects Leadership Academy

Updated: 23 October 2019

Leadership programme.

The Saïd Business School's Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) provides the only dedicated leadership programme in the world for major government projects.

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UK: Centre for Digital Built Britain, The Gemini Principles

Updated: 24 October 2019

The Gemini Principles were published in 2018 and are being used as a basis for discussion amongst UK stakeholders to establish the kind of data commons needed to unlock the benefits of interoperability within infrastructure systems.

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UAE: Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Updated: 24 October 2019

The Strategic Plan is not identifying a pipeline of priority projects but rather delivering a significant improvement to what we have called the enabling environment.

Dubai. Image Wikipedia

It is built around five strategic goals aimed at securing improvement to:

  • Sustainability and Asset Management
  • Project Management and Execution
  • Requirements and Design
  • Planning and Development
  • Governance and Decision Empowerment

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Australia: Better Infrastructure Initiative: Why wait for government? Customer-led DIY infrastructure, Australia’s No. 1 priority

Updated: 05 November 2019

This paper makes the argument that customer-led ‘do-it-yourself’ infrastructure should be a national investment priority.

Infrastructure in Australia

It argues for community financing and direction of infrastructure projects and sets out steps needed to encourage and support this, including nine recommendations.

These include: the establishment of a Community Infrastructure Ecosystem to help direct financing, alternative mechanisms to allow major financial institutions to fund community-level projects and enabling better data sharing to increase competition and innovation.

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Australia: Better Infrastructure Initiative: Why customer stewardship matters

Updated: 05 November 2019

This paper argues that a customer-centric approach to infrastructure stewardship will help ensure infrastructure which is better able to translate assets into tangible benefits for customers, communities and businesses.

Better infrastructure

It outlines that one model to enable this could be customer stewardship, under collective management principles.

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UK: Engineering future liveable, resilient, sustainable cities using foresight

Updated: 05 November 2019

Building resilient cities.

This article discusses the benefits to engineers of better understanding sustainability, resilience, adaptability and liveability, as well as the role these attributes can play in building better cities.

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Canada: Infrastructure bank

Updated: 27 November 2019

Canada Infrastructure Bank

The Canada Infrastructure Bank is the federal body responsible for investing in revenue-generating infrastructure projects, in the public interest, using its resources to co-invest with private sector and institutional investors. It aims to engage private investors early in the planning and design process, support revenue-based business models and explore new and innovative approaches to project finance and delivery.

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Asian Infrastructure Finance 2019

Updated: 27 November 2019

Eurasia tunnel construction

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank takes a broad look at the regional needs of the Asia-Pacific region and priorities for investment. It places an emphasis on the need for cross-border connectivity, compares road construction costs in various Asian economies, and provides an assessment of the near- to medium-term state of the project financing market.

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Indonesia: SDG Indonesia One

Updated: 27 November 2019

Image: Voice of America.

Indonesia’s answer to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was the establishment of an integrated platform combining public and private funding, which is blended into finance schemes for infrastructure projects. The scheme uses grants, technical assistance and capacity building to support implementation of SDG projects using four pillars: development facilities, de-risking facilities, financing facilities, and an equity fund.

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China Development Bank, Sustainability Report 2018

Updated: 27 November 2018

Sustainability Report 2018

In this report, the China Development Bank (CDB) provides an update on its mission to advance sustainable development in China. The report outlines steps the CDB has taken to improve its capabilities in advancing development finance. Such capabilities include a strengthening of risk management and control, engagement of stakeholders and improving links in energy and transport infrastructure.

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Global: Towards a framework for the governance of infrastructure

Updated: 27 November 2015

Towards a framework

This OECD framework document sets out the case for good governance to be the foundation of good infrastructure delivery. It includes steps to ensure that the right projects progress, that these projects are cost-efficient and that decisions made are trusted by users and citizens who feel they have had their views considered.

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Latin America and the Carribean: Filling the infrastructure investment gap

Updated: 27 November 2019

Filling the infrastructure investment gap

This discussion paper outlines the approach taken by the Inter-American Development Bank, and other multilateral banks, to encourage private finance through project preparation facilities, common mechanisms and policies to tackle the infrastructure investment gap in Latin America and the Caribbean.

There is an estimated gap of $1.2tn in infrastructure financing in developing countries. Policies which encourage private sector participation are judged by the bank as critical to closing this gap.

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UK: Future Skills report

Updated: 04 December 2019

The Future Skills Report from the UK’s Construction Leadership Council showcases how the built environment sector is driving innovation in the UK, outlining future industry needs and mapping the skills required by the sector of tomorrow.

Case study including Crossrail

Included in the appendix are case studies, including on the experience of Laing O’Rourke as a contractor on Crossrail, in delivering time savings and greater productivity through departing from traditional methods of construction and utilising an off-site approach. There are also examples of upskilling employees in Building Information Modelling, college innovation and work placement programmes.

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