The mission of the Infrastructure and Economic Services Department is to develop innovative, research-based infrastructure policy options and move them to the practical marketplace of policy making to tackle infrastructure management and policy challenges. It focuses on problems inhibiting the development and provision of physical infrastructure and services in energy; petroleum transmission and distribution; water and waste management; transport; construction and housing; urban and regional planning and management; information and communications technology (ICT); environmental health; Infrastructure finance, investment and productivity; and public service delivery.

The Infrastructure and Economic Services Department has four principal objectives, namely to:

  • Raise the level of discussion on infrastructure policy and economic services in Kenya;
  • Evaluate the impact of infrastructure policy changes on social welfare and economic development;
  • Assess the effectiveness of alternative policies in the provision of infrastructure and economic services in rural and urban areas; and
  • Analyze interactions between infrastructure, poverty, and sustainable development.