INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY AND PLANNING | Projects

Castalia provides innovative infrastructure policy and planning solutions to improve the delivery of essential services.
  • Designing Oversight Mechanisms for Infrastructure Investment, Philippines
    The National Economic Development Authority of the Philippines wanted to improve how it evaluates and controls the development of major infrastructure projects. Castalia was engaged to advise on applying value engineering techniques in developing major projects. We also drafted standardised risk management approaches and model contracts for large infrastructure developments
  • Karachi Sustainable Megacity Planning, Pakistan
    Karachi’s 16 million residents suffer from lack of access to infrastructure services. Working with the Asian Development Bank, Castalia assessed alternatives for improving essential services and devised an optimal cost-benefit justified investment plan for the transport, solid waste and water sectors
  • Review of Watercare’s Funding Plan, New Zealand
    Watercare—the bulk water and sanitation service provider for Auckland—wanted to review its capital expenditure plan and charging mechanisms. Castalia developed a least-cost expansion plan for Watercare by demonstrating that improving the distribution network and reducing leakage was more economical than augmenting supply. Castalia also developed tariff policies to make the physical plan work by contributing to demand-side management
  • Designing Financial Architecture for Municipal Water Supply, Indonesia
    Following decentralization in Indonesia, continued underinvestment in water and sanitation infrastructure impedes growth, despite apparently sufficient capital. Castalia was engaged to test the level of under-investment, and to investigate possible causes, including deficiencies in local government financing arrangements. To encourage investment, Castalia designed a financing initiative to mobilize sub-national government resources, and recommended new governance arrangements to protect the public interest
  • Developing Policy to Manage Contingent Liabilities for Infrastructure Development, Philippines
    To help encourage infrastructure PPPs in the Philippines, Castalia is helping the Ministry of Finance manage contingent liabilities. This includes creating a way for the Ministry of Finance to value explicit and implicit contingent liabilities in the form of guarantees for PPPs, procedures to evaluate future cost liabilities by weighing up public interest versus risk, and determining the optimal portfolio of contingent liabilities
  • Improving Sector Governance, Global
    Castalia authored Sourcebooks for the World Bank on improving governance in the water, sanitation, electricity and transport sectors. These sourcebooks include in-depth chapters on how governments can diagnose weaknesses and develop better policy and planning processes
  • Planning Infrastructure for South Gobi Mining Towns, Mongolia
    Mongolia is about to experience a boom in mining, with international and local companies investing billions of dollars to develop copper, coal and other mines in the South Gobi region. For example, Rio Tinto is investing US$7 billion in a copper mine in the South Gobi. The World Bank and Government of Mongolia asked Castalia to assist in planning for this boom. We reviewed the international experience with mining towns to see which models work best in given circumstances and we projected demography, infrastructure needs, and costs, for the mining region
  • Policy and Planning for Infrastructure, Nauru
    Castalia developed a plan that examined what kind of physical infrastructure is cost-benefit justified in Nauru, as part of the Australian Government’s overseas aid programme (AusAID). We then advised on the optimal arrangements for delivering economically viable infrastructure, and how the infrastructure will be paid for
  • Institutional Strengthening for Infrastructure Projects, Philippines
    National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) wanted to improve how it evaluates and controls the development of major infrastructure projects. Castalia was engaged to recommend policies and procedures that improve how the public sector evaluates infrastructure opportunities. Castalia drew on engineering and risk management approaches to develop a framework that was adopted by NEDA