Governance and decision-making



Quality of public governance is essential to achieve national and international commitments on sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and to ensure equal opportunities and access to services for citizens. In particular, infrastructure investment and delivery are important tools for the economic and social recovery efforts from the COVID-19 crisis. Infrastructure governance will be crucial to ensure that public investments contribute to a sustainable rebound while strengthening infrastructure resilience, in particular for challenges such as climate change and inclusive growth.


Key solutions
  • Align the long-term strategic vision with strategic policy objectives and adapt to uncertain and complex conditions

  • Undertake needs assessment to support decision making and investment

  • Develop robust annual and multiannual capital budgeting to support sustainable investment

  • Strengthen capacities for public investment management and ensure coordination across sectors and levels of government

  • Ensure that the political decision-making process is informed by robust, independent evidence-based analysis

  • Supplement CBA with other methodological tools to accommodate multiple objectives and uses

  • Integrate wider economic impacts in project decision-making for non-marginal or transformative projects

  • Use robust, independent evidence-based analysis to guide the decision on the delivery mode

  • Accelerate infrastructure investments by developing public procurement competencies

  • Align procurement strategies for infrastructure with national long-term priorities

  • Ensure transparent and effective management of procurement operations, including contract management


Documents and links

Procurement strategies to support quality infrastructure investment

OECD Framework for the Governance of Infrastructure

OECD Infrastructure and Public Procurement Week

Public Procurement and Responsible Business Conduct

Do sound infrastructure governance and regulation affect productivity growth? New insights from firm level data (2020)

 Integrating Responsible Business Conduct in Public Procurement (2020)

 Capital budgeting, infrastructure governance and PPPs (2019)

Getting added value out of accruals reforms (2018)

 Getting Infrastructure Right: A framework for better governance

Accrual Practices and Reform Experiences in OECD Countries (2017) 

The Role of Economic Regulators in the Governance of Infrastructure (2017)

Integrity Framework for Public Infrastructure (2016)

What is Private Investment in Transport Infrastructure and Why is it Difficult? (2019)

The Role of Private Investment in Transport Infrastructure (2019)

 Infrastructure Governance Dataset

 Governance of Capital Budgeting and Infrastructure Dataset

 Cost-Benefit Analysis


Implementation and capacity-building

Infrastructure Governance Review of Argentina (2020)

Supporting Better Decision-Making in Transport Infrastructure in Spain: Infrastructure Governance Review (2020) 

Driving Performance at Peru’s Transport Infrastructure Regulator (2020)

Gaps and Governance Standards of Public Infrastructure in Chile: Infrastructure Governance Review (2017)

 OECD-EU Project on Promoting Economic Resilience in Yemen 

Governance of Strategic Planning of Public Infrastructure Investments in the Czech Republic

Review of Egypt’s Infrastructure Governance and Delivery Frameworks





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