Policy paper

Connecting people, creating wealth: infrastructure for economic development and poverty reduction

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

A policy position paper by the Department for International Development.



This paper provides an overview of the Department for International Development’s infrastructure portfolio.

It explains how we spend UK aid on infrastructure, who we work with and how we are ensuring our work will help to create jobs and growth that can end aid dependency in some of the world’s poorest countries.

By 2015, UK aid will:

  • Provide sustainable energy services to more than 10 million people.
  • Improve cross border trade in Africa, directly benefitting three million people.
  • Reach 60 million people with our water, sanitation and hygiene programmes
  • Build or upgrade more than 6,000 km of rural roads in Nepal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Afghanistan.