This report highlights some of infrastructure solutions for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to face compound challenges better. It calls for a holistic understanding of infrastructure systems, and argues for an urgent need to make evidence-based decisions. With limited resources and mounting needs, it is crucial that investment in infrastructure systems yields long-term development gains for all.
Find here some of the specific infrastructure opportunities to innovatively maximize SIDS’ resources in order to tackle their challenges that are exposed in table 1:
- Transport: Efficient inter-island shipping services can enable the pooling of resources among islands to yield economies of scale
- Energy: Offshore wind farms and rooftop installation of solar panels can reduce land competition
- Digital communications: Submarine fibre-optic cables can lower wholesale costs and improve service delivery