IDB: Filling the Infrastructure Gap in the Americas

Given the critical role that public infrastructure plays in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have been redoubling their efforts to promote investment in sustainable and inclusive infrastructure in their borrowing member countries, crowding in private capital to help fill an estimated $1.0 to $1.5 trillion global infrastructure gap. For Latin America and the Caribbean, filling that gap would require an annual investment of $300 billion per year, roughly twice the amount being spent today.

Yet exactly what type of infrastructure do people want? To answer this question, and in keeping with its commitment to listen carefully to its clients, the Inter-American Development Bank in late 2016 commissioned RIWI to administer a survey of randomized internet users across the Americas to capture their attitudes towards sustainable and inclusive infrastructure issues from a local, country and regional perspective. Over 33,500 internet users across Latin America and the Caribbean were surveyed. To read the full report, click here.