Accounting for Poverty in Infrastructure Reform: Learning from Latin America's Experience

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World Bank, 2002 - Business & Economics - 122 pages
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This book explores the connections between infrastructure reform and poverty alleviation in Latin America based on a detailed analysis of the effects of a decade of reforms. The book demonstrates that because the access to, and affordability of, basic services is still a major problem, infrastructure investment will be a core component of poverty alleviation programs in the region. It shows that although affordability of service tariffs is often an issue, in many instances, access is a much more important concern in meeting the infrastructure needs of the poor; thus, infrastructure provision is a key poverty-reduction tool. The book's main goal is to provide practical guidelines and methods to help policy makers, reformers, and regulators develop diagnostics to assess infrastructure needs and to ensure that strategies to address them are as cost effective as possible. Special emphasis is placed on data collection and explanations of some of the quantitative methodologies that can serve as inputs to the studies needed to ensure that the poor are accounted for under any form of infrastructure provision. The book is divided into five chapters: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Macroeconomic and Microeconomic Linkages between Infrastructure Reforms and Poverty"; (3) "Promoting Access"; (4) "Ensuring Consumption Affordability"; and (5) "Establishing Priorities." (Contains additional tables, figures, and 77 references.) (BT)

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