Private investment in infrastructure projects is tumbling in middle- and low-income countries where investment is needed most, says a report published by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub). While investment grew by 8.3 per cent in high-income countries in 2021, it fell for a third year in middle- and low-income countries, by 8.8 per cent. The ‘Infrastructure Monitor 2022’ shows overall private investment in infrastructure projects is stagnant for the eighth year running, despite recovering to pre-pandemic levels. The lack of investment in sufficient, resilient infrastructure leaves people everywhere vulnerable to inadequate healthcare, increased unemployment, poverty, and other devastating effects. The flatlining private investment is particularly notable alongside rising levels of dry powder and the strong performance of infrastructure investments. The report finds a 'green lining' in unprecedented levels of green private investment, largely in the renewable energy sector. However, green investment outside renewables remains low and needs to grow to meet climate goals.
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