This week, the GI Hub released Pipeline Access, a one-stop directory of national and subnational infrastructure project pipelines in G20 countries and, soon, around the world.
In addition to serving as a directory of pipelines, which are key sources for information about current and upcoming projects and programs, this directory identifies the types of pipelines being published by different jurisdictions. As such, it is a first point of access for planners, investors, and deliverers of infrastructure to understand the state of infrastructure delivery in their chosen regions.
Infrastructure pipelines are interpreted differently based on who is using the pipeline and for what purpose. Considering the definitions used by multilateral development banks, international organisations, and other leading entities around the world, the GI Hub has adopted this definition for Pipeline Access:
“An infrastructure pipeline is a tool that sets forth credible and/or expected infrastructure project investments or procurements across a reasonable time horizon, providing details that can be used by stakeholders to plan and prioritise their resources to invest in and/or deliver the specified projects."
Pipelines are important because they provide a forward (and backward) view of planned investment, enabling government, industry, and communities to better plan and prepare for infrastructure development.
- For governments, pipeline development is an essential step in planning infrastructure, which complements the government's infrastructure plans and project preparation practices (refer to Chapter 4 of GI Hub’s Project Preparation Reference Guide).
- Industry needs pipelines to plan and prepare its resources both on a micro level (in pursuit of specific programs and projects) and a macro level (by using pipelines to identify market trends). Pipelines are also an important resource for attracting new entrants to infrastructure markets and for industry and academia to prioritise workforce education and upskilling programs.
- Communities want pipelines so that they can see what is being built and when. Pipelines can be an effective tool to demonstrate transparency and build trust with communities.
To explore this continuously updated directory of pipelines, visit Pipeline Access here.