This page presents short summaries of selected publications that have received financial support from the foundation. A link to the actual report is included.
Developing capability to secure sustainable infrastructure
Published September, 2022
Infrastructure investments are important to keep Finland as a forerunner in the global race towards a more sustainable society. Finland must overcome the thresholds of constrained state budgets and find ways to engage the best possible expertise to maximize the societal value of investments. Current traditional models to procure and finance infrastructure may not be sufficient. In our report ‘Developing capability to secure sustainable infrastructure’ we argue that alternative financing and delivery models can be part of the solution. Our estimate is that alternative models have the potential to account for up to 10% of Finland’s future infrastructure projects.
International experience shows that the successful use of alternative models takes time and effort, and they require capabilities from both the public and private sector. Building Finland’s national-level market maturity in using alternative models will require political long-term acceptance and commitment. Finland needs a long-term roadmap on how to build this market maturity. Furthermore, clear guidelines and policies for selecting and evaluating infrastructure projects suitable for alternative models is a must. To motivate the private actors to invest in their capabilities to develop and manage infrastructure assets in the best possible way, a project pipeline of sufficient volume must be created.
Infrastructure Investing -Beyond the Fund Model
Published April, 2018
A collaborative model where institutional investors and industrial companies invest directly into infrastructure assets alongside fund managers may lead to better and more sustainable infrastructure. The fund manager often has incentives to maximize the value of the investment during a clearly shorter time span than the life-time of the infrastructure asset and is generally focused on cost savings. A decreased dependence on the fund model in infrastructure investments should lead to lower costs for the investors and better outcomes for society. In our report, Infrastructure Investing -Beyond the Fund Model, we lay out the path towards new ways to procure infrastructure which we think lead to better infrastructure and increased returns for pension funds and other long-term institutional investors.
This report was funded by PBI Foundation.