How this directory was developed
This directory was developed through a combination of desktop research and consultation with G20 countries.
The first step the GI Hub undertook was comprehensive desktop research to identify existing, publicly available pipelines at the national and sub-national levels in G20 countries. For this research, we applied a broad definition to ensure we captured as much of the available forward information as possible. This allowed us to begin categorising the types of pipelines available for each country, eventually leading to the definitions outlined on the main page of this directory. Information about countries' Investment Programs was sourced from our InfraTracker database.
A master database was built and pipelines were categorised by country, type of pipeline, sectors covered, update frequency, any criteria for inclusion, and whether they included downloadable data.
In parallel, data was collected on the infrastructure landscape of each country to serve as an overview of the main features of infrastructure delivery at a country level. This drew on data and information from our InfraCompass and National Infrastructure Bank resources. The InfraCompass provides analyses of each country's infrastructure enabling environment and institutional capacity to support the development of infrastructure projects, and the National Infrastructure Bank resource examines these banks as a whole and includes detailed case studies of numerous NIBs.
The final phase was to consult with G20 countries to validate the data and add any missing pipelines. It is important to note that this directory is not exhaustive, particularly at the subnational level. We welcome contributions and additions to the directory, and invite you to contact us if you have a pipeline that should be included.
Why are pipelines important?
Pipelines are important because they provide a forward (and backward) view of planned investment, enabling government, industry, and communities to better plan and prepare for infrastructure development.
- For governments, pipeline development is an essential step in planning infrastructure, which complements the government's infrastructure plans and project preparation practices (refer to Chapter 4 of GI Hub’s Project Preparation Reference Guide).
- Industry needs pipelines to plan and prepare its resources both on a micro level (in pursuit of specific programs and projects) and a macro level (by using pipelines to identify market trends). Pipelines are also an important resource for attracting new entrants to infrastructure markets and for industry and academia to prioritise workforce education and upskilling programs.
- Communities want pipelines so that they can see what is being built and when. Pipelines can be an effective tool to demonstrate transparency and build trust with communities.
GI Hub's prior work on infrastructure pipelines
This directory is an update to the GI Hub Global Infrastructure Pipeline that was first published in December 2016. That project was a free digital platform that allowed governments to upload public infrastructure projects, providing visibility of these projects globally. Projects were categorised into standard sequential stages to allow development and progression to be tracked.
Stakeholder feedback and website use data indicated to us that the scope of the original platform was not providing the type of access that governments and industry needed in the evolving landscape. This update responds to stakeholder feedback to promote greater visibility of, and one-stop access to, G20 pipelines and eventually global pipelines.
Want to know more?
Want to learn more about infrastructure pipelines or know of ones we haven’t captured? Contact us.