BRI Monitor

August 12, 2021

BRI Monitor is a collaborative effort by five civil society organizations in Southeast Asia and the Pacific—the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) of Malaysia, Stratbase Albert Del Rosario Institute (ADRi) of the Philippines, Sandhi Governance Institute (SGI) of Myanmar, the Institute of National Affairs (INA) of Papua New Guinea, and the Future Forum of Cambodia—to promote transparency and accountability in major infrastructure projects funded through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

These organizations have studied the regulatory environments governing these large infrastructure projects in their respective countries to identify regulatory gaps. These projects take various forms, including public procurement, official development assistance, and public private partnerships (PPP). They have each researched a set of case studies to identify implementation and governance gaps. Each case study assesses the level of transparency based on 38 data points, from basic project information to the tendering process to project completion. Last but not least, each case study maps out the structure of the relevant project in order to identify the domestic and international entities involved in the project and to understand the degree of public financial exposure resulting from each project.

This website is intended to be a platform for the publication of our research outputs and as a knowledge repository. We also hope that the website can be used as a tool to advocate better governance of major infrastructure projects in the region.