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COMMENTARY: Poor, inadequate infrastructure causes inequality, poverty

  • Vincent Lingga

    The Jakarta Post

Yokohama   /   Mon, May 8, 2017   /  08:14 am
COMMENTARY: Poor, inadequate infrastructure causes inequality, poverty Urban poor – A resident carries out her daily activities in a slum area in Kapuk Teko, Jakarta, on Sept. 27. Poverty alleviation is one of prime issues highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global development agenda adopted by world leaders last year. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Six of the more than two dozen simultaneous seminars and conferences held on the sidelines of the four-day 50th Asian Development Bank Board of Governors meeting in Yokohama, Japan last week focused on various aspects of infrastructure development. The rationale is self-evident. Infrastructure investment has the multiplier effect of increasing efficiency and competitiveness, promoting both international linkages and domestic economic integration and increasing an economy’s productive capacity. Many international and national studies have also concluded that inadequate physical infrastructure is not only an impediment to growth, but is also one of the root causes of poverty and inequality. And poverty as well as inequality are the main problems of most ADB members. An ADB report on Asian infrastructure needs issued in February concludes that inadequate physical infrastructu...