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Published

2nd February 2021

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Good Practice Document Guidance

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, UNOPS , UNDESA , UNCDF

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Managing Infrastructure Assets for Sustainable Development

Summary

A Handbook for Local and National Governments

Managing Infrastructure Assets for Sustainable DevelopmentEffective asset management has become as critical as ever across the globe and in the face of mounting pressures, such as limited resources, grow-ing urban populations, shifting patterns of employment and land use, climate-related disruptions and health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these challenges are felt most acutely in our daily lives as we interact with our built environment and our physical and technical goods and infrastructure. These are our local assets, our common goods. As people turn to government for reliable infrastructure, services and protection, their first point of contact is the village, city or district administration.

vForewordWelcome to Managing Infrastructure Assets for Sustainable Development: A Hand-book for Local and National Governments.With this publication, we aim to provide practical guidance to local and na-tional governments on how to manage the assets on which people rely every day — the roads they use to get to work, the buildings where they live or attend school, the parks where their children play and the water and sanitation facilities they use to stay healthy.Effective asset management has become as critical as ever across the globe and in the face of mounting pressures, such as limited resources, grow-ing urban populations, shifting patterns of employment and land use, climate-related disruptions and health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these challenges are felt most acutely in our daily lives as we interact with our built environment and our physical and technical goods and infrastructure. These are our local assets, our common goods. As people turn to government for reliable infrastructure, services and protection, their first point of contact is the village, city or district administration.While most government assets are managed at the local level, national govern-ments often manage critical assets as well, such as long-distance highways, electrical grids and airports. They are also in charge of creating a policy and administrative environment that enables systemic, sustainable asset man-agement at the national and local levels. Done well, local and national asset management efforts not only improve essential service delivery, they also yield positive signals to citizens and public, private, domestic or foreign inves-tors, helping governments to mobilize the resources needed for sustainable development and demonstrating to citizens that their representatives are safe custodians of the public common property.

The better governments become at managing their assets and anticipating what they will need, the more resilient they will be. This handbook shows how to improve the reliability and longevity of assets, and how to plan ahead with improved coordination among government and community stakeholders.

The handbook draws on the experiences and insights of numerous experts and practitioners from around the world. Authorities in the field within the UN system, multilateral and regional development banks, local government associations, universities and think tanks reviewed and made invaluable contri-butions to the Handbook.