Despite the widespread acceptance among governments and private sectors on the importance of infrastructure on continued economic progress, the inadequate provision of critical infrastructure services is emerging as one of the most significant risks to development. Existing physical and digital infrastructures are under stress from population growth and face challenges from extreme weather and climate change. In a scenario where infrastructure is underdeveloped to meet current needs, communities most vulnerable to climate change face an even greater threat.

As we strive to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals of universal provision of clean water, sanitation and electricity in emerging markets, as well as upgrade the infrastructure in the developed markets, the level of required investment is expected to double or treble over the next decade. The global infrastructure required by 2040 is estimated at around US$ 97 trillion. However, following current spending trend, the actual investment by 2040 is estimated at $79 trillion, indicating a shortfall in infrastructure investment. In the current circumstances, with the right information on the when and where of infrastructure needs in the future, this gap can be addressed.

With over 5 decades of work on this sector, FSI can fill this knowledge gap and help governments and businesses plan and execute infrastructure projects based on research over time and across geographies. In addition to funding and supporting critical infrastructures around the globe, we will leverage our multi-sector knowledge to identify priority projects and innovative financing approaches to be a catalyst of change.

Infrastructure as a Basic Right

  • How can we improve healthcare infrastructure globally?
  • How can we establish better transport networks in underdeveloped and developing countries?
  • Establish guidelines/Best Practices to modernize aging fundamental infrastructures that support civilization.
  • How can we upscale existing public transport networks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?
  • Can we help automobile industry in designing automobiles that cater to the needs of senior citizen and disabled population?
  • How does supply chain and logistics affect global infrastructure?
  • Identify solutions to resolve challenges in engineering integrated transportation systems or transportation hubs.
  •  How can we designs future public spaces such as restaurants, shopping malls and parks to comply with social distancing norms?

Technology and Infrastructure

  • How global digital trends and technologies can help deliver more sustainable and resilient infrastructure?
  • How can automation and robotics replace manual construction?
  • How can Building Information Modeling (BIM) help in designing efficient buildings?
  • How can Blockchain technology streamline various subsections of a contract in one place?
  • How is Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning creating a paradigm shift in infrastructure?
  • Is it possible to make Zero Carbon buildings affordable? How?
  • How digital infrastructure in emerging economies?
  • Will a robust technology infrastructure give emerging economies a competitive advantage?
  • How can we utilize digital technology (automation, telecom etc.,) in Education and Healthcare?
  • What is the best roadmap for the deployment of 5G infrastructure?
  • What is the role of AI, robotics and IOT in infrastructure development?

Environment and Infrastructure

  • How can we integrate climate and disaster resilience into infrastructure planning, upgrades and repair?
  • How can we make infrastructure using eco-friendly materials affordable?
  • How to bridge the rural urban infrastructure gap in a time of rapid urbanization?
  • How do we balance ecology preservation and infrastructure? Is it possible to make Zero Carbon buildings affordable? How?

Urban Infrastructure

  • What are some of the best practices from around the world on Smart City infrastructure?
  • Is green infrastructure the answer to urban water woes?
  • How do we ensure that climate resilience standards are incorporated in all infrastructure projects?
  • How to bridge the rural urban infrastructure gap in a time of rapid urbanization?

Financing Models

  • Are we under investing in upgrading infrastructure or replacement where necessary?
  • How do we bridge the investment gaps in sectors like electricity/power, energy, telecommunications etc?
  • How can Governments work with private organizations to cater to the infrastructure needs of growing population?
  • Meeting the SDGs for drinking water, sanitation, and electricity will require a substantial growth in infrastructure spending. What will it take to bridge the infrastructure gap?
  • What can governments do to attract private sector investment in infrastructure projects?
  • How can we build more modular infrastructure?
  • What are the best practices to ensure that large infrastracuture projects i) stay within budget and, ii) completed within timeframe?
  • What does post COVID-19 pandemic hold for the global digital infrastructure revolution to get the economy up and running?
  • With the aviation industry facing a major setback due to COVID-19 pandemic, how will it impact the future of airport design?