Global Infrastructure Index 2018

GIIA, in partnership with Ipsos MORI, has today released the largest survey of its kind looking at public attitudes towards infrastructure around the world.

The Global Infrastructure Index 2018 polled nearly 20,000 people across 29 countries to gauge levels of public satisfaction with their countries existing infrastructure and find out their priorities for future investment.

While 73% said that infrastructure was vital to their country’s future economic growth, 59% of people surveyed said their country wasn’t doing enough to meet future infrastructure requirements, re-enforcing the need for governments, regulators and investors to work together in the delivery of sustainable and innovative infrastructure for future generations.

View slides from the Global Infrastructure Index 2018

Other key takeaways from the research include:

  • Of the 10 infrastructure sectors considered, Airports rated most positively (67%) followed by digital communication infrastructure (54%) and water supply and sewerage (52%).
  • Flood defences (58%), local roads (53%) and rail infrastructure (track and stations) (49%) had the highest levels of dis-satisfaction
  • 61% say not enough is being done to involve the public in infrastructure decisions
  • Globally, more people are comfortable with foreign investment in new infrastructure if it means it gets built more quickly than not, by a margin of two and a half to one (49% to 19%)

Speaking on the release of the data, GIIA CEO Andy Rose said:

“The results show an overall decline in public satisfaction with infrastructure since 2017 reinforcing the message that governments need to prioritise creating the right environment for investment. Across the world, the public are relatively more positive about sectors where private investment features prominently although there remains room for improvement.”

Ben Marshall, Research Director at Ipsos MORI commented:

“Our annual survey underlines peoples’ strongly held conviction that governments need to do more on infrastructure. People are both pragmatic – saying they are comfortable with foreign investment – and principled – wanting to see a democratic deficit narrowed with people more involved in decision-making.”

 

Read GIIA’s press release 

GIIA’s Director of Corporate Affairs Jon Phillips blogs about the results

We need to act together to deliver better infrastructure

 

By Jon Phillips, GIIA Director of Corporate Affairs

Infrastructure is both a cause and a consequence of economic growth, making it a critical challenge for every countries’ sustainable future.

Whilst much progress has been made, it is a significant concern that there is a global decline in the public satisfaction with infrastructure which is the stand out finding of the latest Global Infrastructure Index, published by Ipsos MORI in partnership with the Global Infrastructure Investor Association.

The survey of 19,786 participants in 29 countries, was conducted to highlight attitudes across the world towards infrastructure and found overall satisfaction falling from 37% to 32%.  At the global level, attitudes are split one third positive, one third negative and one third neutral when asked to rank overall satisfaction with their countries’ infrastructure.

Almost three quarters of people across the world agree that investing in infrastructure is vital to their country’s future economic growth but 59% do not believe enough is being done to meet infrastructure needs.

Climate change, technological advances and ageing populations all pose unprecedented challenges for governments in delivering their future infrastructure needs at a time when public sector balance sheets are under increasing strain.

Governments and regulators should be focused on the outcomes of good quality infrastructure and working with the private sector to find the best ways to deliver, operate and improve our infrastructure for the benefit of future generations.

Rapid income growth across the developing countries as well as rapid urbanisation is driving enormous demand for infrastructure investment across a range of sectors. The Global Infrastructure Index shows that it is sectors such as airports, digital, and water supply that are performing relatively strongly in the public’s satisfaction.

These findings highlight the importance of effective communication between governments, investors, and the public when it comes to infrastructure. If we are going to meet these global challenges and secure the infrastructure we need for future generations, there is much to be done.