The construction sector is responsible for building crucial infrastructure which contributes to positive economic and social outcomes including poverty reduction. Up to 30 percent of public budgets is spent on construction, across sectors such as transport, energy, water, health, education, and housing.The sector also receives high levels of foreign direct investment and of international and regional development aid. This means that the concerns about mismanagement and corruption in the sector have both local and international significance.

It is estimated that upwards of $4 trillion annually is lost through mismanagement, inefficiency, and corruption in public construction - on average 10 to 30 percent of a project’s value. These losses have a negative effect on the quality, safety, and value of the built environment. Specific investigations have found much larger losses in some cases, including projects that were paid for but never built and structures that collapsed with injury and loss of life.

Us Infrastructure Grades

Name Grade
Aviation D
Bridges C+
Dams D
Drinking Water D
Energy D+
Hazardous Waste D+
Inland Waterways D
Levees D
Ports C+
Public Parks D+
Rail B
Roads D
Schools D+
Solid Waste C+
Transit D-
Wastewater D+

Building expanding and Maintaining Roads and Bridges, Public Transportation and utilities?

The benefits include, greater efficiency of public spending, improved quality of public services, improved business environment, public confidence, political reputation,reduction in risks to public safety and increased prospects for investment. For the private sector benefits include greater confidence that a 'level playing field' exists, a more predictable business environment and improved levels of trust, reducing reputational risk and improved access to financial markets.