The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Better infrastructure for landlocked developing countries

A new UNOPS report highlights the critical role of infrastructure in helping landlocked developing countries combat development challenges, and offers potential solutions to ensure countries reap long-term benefits from improved infrastructure.

Landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) face particular development challenges. Geographical constraints limit their access to international markets and intensify their vulnerabilities to climate change. On average, the development levels of LLDCs are approximately 20 per cent below those of non-landlocked developing countries.

“Infrastructure plays a critical role in society. It is the foundation for development and, because it is built to last, can have positive or negative impacts far into the future,” said UNOPS Director for Infrastructure and Project Management, Nick O’Regan.

This is why evidence-based decision-making is vital for developing and managing sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructure that can enable good development.”

Nick O’Regan - UNOPS Director for Infrastructure and Project Management

The importance of infrastructure for landlocked developing countries offers solutions and tools that can be used to support LLDCs in the planning, delivery and management of infrastructure systems, in support of efforts to close their development gap. The report focuses on three key infrastructure sectors – transport, digital communications and energy – which are particularly important for LLDCs.

Harnessing decades of experience in designing and implementing infrastructure projects in some of the world’s most challenging environments, UNOPS is supporting governments, including LLDCs, with their infrastructure development priorities. Through this work, UNOPS provides a holistic, evidence-based approach to infrastructure development.

“Infrastructure is intrinsically linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. UNOPS is committed to supporting LLDCs gain a better understanding of how sustainable infrastructure can increase access to services and opportunities, and contribute to economic growth,” said Mr. O’Regan.


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