The Capacity Assessment Tool for Infrastructure (CAT-I) is a tool developed by UNOPS to help countries facilitate better infrastructure development. The tool is designed to help governments identify gaps or challenges in the capacity of their enabling environment to plan, deliver, and manage sustainable, resilient, and inclusive infrastructure systems. Examples of the types of capacities assessed, include:
• Ability to identify the need for new assets or upgrades to existing assets based on current or future needs, including the achievement of development goals and aspirations
• Existence and quality of policies and processes for the management of risk within the built environment
• Existence and quality of codes, standards, and processes to support the proper design and construction of infrastructure
• Cross sector topics like human skill sets, procurement processes, legal mechanisms, quality assurance and quality control mechanisms, and financial resources which support the planning, delivery and management of infrastructure
• Ability to safely manage, operate, upgrade and decommission/repurpose infrastructure systems at end of useful life
Based on the identified gaps or challenges faced by governments, the tool can then be used to develop a pipeline of projects to build national, state, city, or ministerial capacity using technical and advisory support.
To date, the tool has been used in: Nepal; Serbia; Mato Grosso State, Brazil; Turkana County, Kenya; and in three cities in The Gambia.
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