COVID-19 has hit the entire globe at once, slowing investment in resilient infrastructure that will improve lives over the long term. Effective governance is critical to ensure infrastructure projects are well planned, funded, and implemented.
Hanif specializes in issues of public finance and public sector governance reform. He currently leads programs and technical assistance support to developing member countries in areas on fiscal governance and sustainability of infrastructure investments. He obtained his Doctoral degree from University College London and a Postdoctoral Fellow from McGill University.
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To respond to the challenges of the pandemic and deliver services effectively, a professional civil service needs to build the values, culture and skills required to respond to complex demands and challenges.
Indonesia’s provincial, municipal and other local governments are finding innovative digital solutions to map COVID-19 and make the information available to the public.
At the local level, public services have gone digital in Indonesia as the pandemic forces government offices to restrict access to them.
An analysis of data from popular transit applications indicates that there is a relationship between increased mobility and COVID-19 cases, but more information is needed to make a definitive link.
PPPs can help by bringing in private sector capital and technical expertise as governments continue to look for value for money in infrastructure provision.
As Asia and the Pacific comes out of the crisis with significantly larger public debts, their infrastructure investments will need to be efficient, affordable, and sustainable.
The public-private partnerships used to finance roads, ports, hospitals and dozens of other infrastructure projects could be affected by the pandemic-induced financial crisis. Here’s how to avoid that.