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Social infrastructure : from Challenge to Opportunity for Investors

Human capital, a key driver of resilience and productivity,  is largely underpinned by social infrastructure; the facilities, buildings and intangible assets that serve to generate key collective services in healthcare, education or affordable housing. Social infrastructure is also a critical enabler for a fair transition to  sustainable development model.

So, it should be a concern to everybody that overall, the stock of social infrastructure has not kept pace with the needs of populations, in advanced economies and emerging ones alike. Chronic public underinvestment has generated an investment gap over time, where available assets are no longer sufficient and fit for the kind of use needed, not to mention future needs linked to big demographic and societal trends at play. This was cruelly highlighted during the COVID crisis, when healthcare and education infrastructure had to adapt to unprecedented circumstances.

This is where we, at  LTIIA,  believe the private sector has an important role to play: as the public sector is increasingly  overstretched and constrained by  deficit and debt  issues , there is a room  for more and better private sector involvement. Moreover, social infrastructure investments hold potential for increased allocation by institutional investors seeking diversification into low-risk, regular income assets. Long term private investors have long started investing in those assets, but the potential – and the need – for ramp up remains huge. Drawing on the vast pool of experience and contributions of LTIIA members, this report analyses the current constraints and current challenges limiting institutional investors’ share of the market. It then formulates recommendations to the various stakeholders – policy decision-makers, regulators and Development banks, as well as institutional investors – so as to better and further develop this market in what should be a win-win approach for society at large.

Research on infrastructure benchmarking

For several years, LTIIA and its founding members have been sponsoring research at http://edhec.infrastructure.institute/ into the nature, benchmarking and valuation of long-term investments in infrastructure. Check out some of results to date.

Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: How to scale up private investment

Infrastructure is reckoned to be on the front line for Climate change as both a driver and a prime potentially impacted sector. Its assets are vulnerable to extreme weather events, or just small local shocks, liable to disrupt complex networks. Infrastructure projects targeting Adaptation are, in this respect, suffering from a financing gap even bigger proportionally than the general Infrastructure gap. But whereas Institutional Private investors have significantly ramped up their act in Mitigation (in particular through Renewable energy4 and energy efficiency), private financing of Climate Adaptation Infrastructure to date is difficult to measure and most probably still negligible.

The object of this report is to foster awareness of Institutional and Private sector investors on their potential role and improve understanding of the issues, obstacles and opportunities to help catalyse and increase private investment in climate resilience infrastructure assets.

Financing Development: Private Capital Mobilization and Institutional Investors

A report by Georg Inderst, Infrastructure expert, member of LTIIA Advisory  board & Adviser to institutional investors & international organizations