Knowledge Note

"Learn why infrastructure services are essential for building more resilient and prosperous societies."

From serving our most basic needs to enabling our most ambitious ventures in trade and technology, infrastructure services are essential for raising and maintaining people’s quality of life. Yet millions of people, especially in low- and middle-income countries, are facing the dire consequences of unreliable electricity grids, inadequate water and sanitation systems, and overstrained transport networks. This report jointly produced by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery lays out a framework for understanding infrastructure resilience—the ability of infrastructure systems to function and meet users’ needs during and after a natural shock—while making an economic case for the importance of building more resilient infrastructure.

This document is an Overview of the World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery's book, Lifelines: The Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity, and is part of the Sustainable Infrastructure Series. To read the entire publication, please click here. To read more about the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, please click here.