INFRADATA is a data platform with an aim to improving the availability and quality of data on existing infrastructure assets and service delivery to support better investment, policy-making and research. The world faces a massive investment deficit in infrastructure– here defined to encompass energy, transportation and national communications networks. Infrastructure contributes to higher productivity and growth, facilitates trade, connectivity, and improves economic inclusion. Quality and sustainable infrastructure investment also plays a central role in the delivery of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as well as in the transition towards a low-emission and climate-resilient economy under the Paris Agreement.

INFRADATA has been developed with an intention of making available high-quality information on the location, quality, efficiency and price of infrastructure networks to allow financiers to investors to identify financing opportunities, and policy makers to design more effective interventions, and researchers to understand where investments can generate most impact.

INFRADATA is a unified repository and one-stop shop for the infrastructure data resources of the World Bank, serving both internal and (where intellectual property allows) external clients. It includes a wide range of indicators that are relevant to the economic analysis of infrastructure. These range from highly granular project-level country-specific databases created during the course of the World Bank’s operational engagement, to regional and global databases created in the context of the World Bank’s analytical engagements, to subscription data services where the custodianship may lie with a particular unit within the World Bank. Due to the spatial character of infrastructure, a central feature of the portal is the interactive Global Infrastructure Map, which provides an unprecedented global scale compilation of high quality, hyper-local geospatial data depicting infrastructure assets, networks and service flows, as well as related economic and geographic features.

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