Transportation plays a pivotal role in the fight against poverty. Services provided by sustained investments in roads, railways, transit systems, along with ports for trade by air and water can support economic development and poverty alleviation directly, in terms of improving access and opportunities targeted to the rural poor. Over the past decade, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency have committed about $50 billion for operations or guarantees in the transport sector, amounting to 12 percent of the World Bank Group’s total commitments and guarantee volumes.

The World Bank’s strategy in the transport sector, and companion business plan for the next three years (2016-18), aims to facilitate the movement of people, goods and ideas in developing countries by focusing on mobility solutions that provide greater access, efficiency and safety, all in a climate-friendly way.

Information and communications technology (ICT) can be a great tool for development. Advances in the use of technology can improve economic opportunities for the poor, increase delivery of services to the underserved, improve governance, and benefit social change. World Bank Group strategies in ICT have focused on promoting reform, increasing access, supporting ICT human capacity, and supporting ICT applications. (Capturing Technology for Development, p. 5) But access and use of the Internet and broadband is still much lower in poorer countries.

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Source: ITU World Telecommunication /ICT Indicators database
Note: The developed/developing country classifications are based on the UN M49
* Estimates