Reliable, efficient infrastructure is crucial to economic and social development that promotes pro‐poor growth. By raising labour productivity and lowering production and transaction costs, economic infrastructure ‐ transport, energy, information
and communication technology, and drinking water, sanitation and irrigation ‐ enhances economic activity and so contributes to growth, which is essential for poverty reduction. Thus a major goal for Development Assistance Committee (DAC) partner countries,
with help from donors, is to develop sustainable infrastructure facilities and services that improve the livelihoods of poor people and enable them to participate in growth.