2017 was a busy year in the world of infrastructure and public-private partnerships at the World Bank Group: from new knowledge products and tools, to innovations and success stories in places…

Yelena Osipova-Stocker, Lylia Jixuan Li |

Photo: Michiel van Nimwegen | Flickr Creative Commons Just ahead of this year’s anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, I visited the Tsunami Honganji Vihara site in Sri Lanka where…

David Baxter |

Photo: Debbie Hildreth Pisarcik | Flickr Creative Commons Several years ago, after almost two decades at various investment banks, I joined the World Bank’s Financial Solutions team. I had always…

Sebnem Erol Madan |

Photo: auphoto / Shutterstock.com As Washington, D.C.’s infrastructure braces for its first winter freeze and 2017 draws to a close, this feels like the right moment for a recap on what the year…

Jordan Z. Schwartz |

Editor's Note: Welcome to the “10 Candid Career Questions” series, introducing you to the infrastructure and PPP professionals who do the deals, analyze the data, and strategize on the next…

David Lawrence |

Photo: Jakob Montrasio | Flickr Creative Commons Getting to commercial close on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) transaction is a major milestone. But the deal is far from done. Getting from…

Marc-André Roy |

Robert Allen’s recent AER paper on “Absolute Poverty: When Necessity Displaces Desire” is a fascinating read, on many levels. The paper uses linear programming (LP) to compute (four variants of)…

Francisco Ferreira |

Robert Osudi is an economist at the Public Debt Management Office of the National Treasury of Kenya. In addition to working on debt policy, strategy, and risk management, his work in Kenya’s debt…

Robert Osudi |

Photo: European Commission  Greece has had a very poor track record in reducing the amount of waste going into landfills. One of the main reasons for this, other than the NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard…

Nikos Mantzoufas |

Photo: kupicoo/ iStock A key challenge when developing a policy to manage unsolicited proposals (USPs) in infrastructure projects is to strike a balance between receiving submissions and creating…

Philippe Neves, Juan Samos Tie, Giulia Motolese |