This note analyzes trends in investment commitments in infrastructure projects with private sector participation (hereafter referred to as PPI investments) in countries eligible for support from the International Development Association (hereafter—called IDA countries2) during the five-year period from 2013 to 2017. The note analyzes investment commitments at the time of financial closure in energy, transport, water, and information and communication technologies (ICT) backbone projects serving the public in IDA countries. For the first time, reported investment also includes ICT backbone infrastructure projects such as fiber optic cables, mobile towers, and other hard assets, with active government participation.
For the purpose of this review, we focus on 59 countries (see annex I) that are eligible for IDA assistance and exclude blend4 countries. These 59 countries account for 3.5 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and 17 percent of the population of emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs).