Publication: Infrastructure for Poor People : Public Policy for Private Provision
Brook, Penelope J.
The chapters in this book examine the data on infrastructure and the poor in developing countries and consider how policies centered on private provision can address their needs. Many of the chapters focus on the extent to which the poor have access to infrastructure services of reasonable quality, for example, to water that is safe to drink, to a reliable source of electricity, and to a nearby telephone. Access to such services is, of course, not the only infrastructure issue that matters to the poor; the poor who already have access to modern services care, for instance, about the price and reliability of those services. However, in most developing countries access is the key issue. In these countries most of the poor have no access to standard infrastructure services provided by utilities. Instead they often pay high prices for lower-quality substitutes: they might buy water by the bucket from a private vendor and use candles instead of electricity for lighting. They would rarely make a telephone call. The lack of ready access to good basic infrastructure services can directly reduce the well-being of the poor.
“Brook, Penelope J.; Irwin, Timothy C.. 2003. Infrastructure for Poor People : Public Policy for Private Provision. © Washington, DC: World Bank. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/7a85a7d8-7b52-522c-9da9-6ebc6370ae71 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”