Sustainable infrastructure 

UNOPS manages physical infrastructure projects in some of the world’s most challenging environments, providing partners with world-class standards of quality, speed and cost-effectiveness.

The Juba Nile Bridge was fully reopened ahead of schedule in 2012, following a rehabilitation project that was implemented by UNOPS and funded by the US Government. Photo: UNOPS/Jonathan Buckingham

Infrastructure is a core component of development. Well-designed and well-constructed schools, roads, bridges, hospitals and police stations enable communities to achieve sustainable improvements in health, education, security and economic stability.


UNOPS is increasingly seen as the partner of choice in South Sudan for infrastructure development projects that need to be implemented efficiently and in difficult areas.

Lise Grande,
United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan

The World Bank believes that infrastructure is the ‘critical agent’ needed for sustainable development, particularly in the light of climate change. According to recommendations made by the High Level Panel on Infrastructure to the G20, infrastructure investment is a key driver of sustainable, inclusive growth.

UNOPS is mandated to be a central resource for physical infrastructure development for the United Nations system and its partners.

We are an organization with highly qualified engineers, architects and project managers and we use that expertise to help our partners create infrastructure that drives development.

Our staff have extensive experience designing, constructing, rehabilitating and maintaining physical infrastructure in all kinds of terrain. We are experienced at working in extremely challenging environments, whether it is building roads in the mountains of Afghanistan, testing the wind resilience of shelters for Haitian relief camps, or repairing health centres in South Sudan.

Follow the links below for detailed information on UNOPS physical infrastructure benefits, systems and capacity: