This report addresses a major “emerging issue” and central question: “To what extent does China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) contribute to closing the global ‘infrastructure gap’ and thereby help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030?” The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has grown from a proposal made by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 and its formal launch in 2015 into a global project encompassing 65 countries across all continents, configured around a series of inter-locking trade and investment corridors. The BRI is intended to act as a primary force for facilitating critical investment to build closer and stronger channels of maritime and continental connections from China to international markets.
K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development.
Renwick, N.; Gu, J. and Gong, S. (2018) The Impact of BRI Investment in Infrastructure on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, K4D Emerging Issues Report, Brighton: IDS
Published 31 October 2018