About InfraGov & Services

Infragov LLC is a limited liability company founded by Neil Boyle and registered in Delaware, U.S.A. . Its purposes are to: develop deep knowledge for clients about their project institutions; improve the mitigation of risk for foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing countries; and explain and facilitate higher performing governance of infrastructure projects and help investors and governments make that happen. Infragov will do the above  by the application of transaction cost economics .

Transaction cost economics (TCE) is the brainchild of Oliver E. Williamson, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Professor Emeritus in Law, Economics, and Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley. ATCE and TCE differ little: TCE is theory, while ATCE is the application of that theory (hence, the A) to real world infrastructure problems. ATCE is the product of over 13 years of study and applied research by the author in the Philippines, Pakistan, India, Kosovo, and Sub-Sahara Africa.

Infragov Consulting and Training Services

Consulting: Consulting in institutional analysis covers analyzing the performance of project development and implementation of  infrastructure investments.  Particular focus is on poorly configured and hazardous incentive structures of the parties involved in the contract and in project execution.   Consulting can be advisory to management and staff, process oriented where transfer of knowledge and skills is primary, or straight forward technical assistance.  Governments are my primary clients; Private firms are secondary.

Workshops and seminars: One half day to three day workshops or seminars in risk and contract hazard management are driven by pre-set problem oriented case studies.  Participants are asked to frame, analyze, and solve case problems in small group sessions. Guidance to discussants is provided by theorettes, tutorials and pre-set questions. Summary inputs are verbal and interactive and written. Materials include case studies, and technical notes and tools. Workshop proceedings are made available to participants. Workshop themes include: Project development and international tendering to achieve value for money; Conducting institutional analysis; Tackling corruption at the source; Making headway with state-owned water utilities and treating them; and Negotiating credibly committed agreements that signal confidence and continuity intentions to FDI markets, among others.

Presentations: Short one and one-half hours to all day presentations include power point and Q&A sessions to clients who are interested in learning about the methodology of applied transaction cost economics ATCE or about some other aspect of detecting and safeguarding against the risk factors of hazardous incentives in infrastructure, trade related or economic growth projects.

Technical Assistance and Training: These are contracts that accomplish specific targeted tasks for clients, such as: conducting an institutional analysis targeting outputs and outcomes; negotiating governance closure to reduce the price of financial closure; developing scopes of work in the areas of ATCE; identifying hidden risks in a project financed infrastructure deal; assisting in negotiating a deal; and assisting in contract design.

About Neil Boyle

Neil BoyleNeil Boyle has extensive knowledge and experience in multiple sectors, including construction,  and has worked for several donor agencies as employee and consultant.  For the ADB, World Bank, FAO, and USAID, he has conducted several studies in the infrastructure, manufacturing and services sectors using quantitative and qualitative assessment techniques.  He is knowledgeable of national and international markets and how to position a country’s industry relative to international markets.

Mr. Boyle worked for the Republic of Philippines World Bank-funded Policy Guidance and Program Development Project. He provided infrastructure expertise and policy advice for development and improved maintenance of the national highway system. He advised the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and other officials on reform opportunities in the sector, including regulatory policy involving DPWH, Commission on Audit, Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management and the National Economic Development Authority, restructuring, and privatization of the national highway sector agency. He designed, guided, monitored, and supervised local employee assistance leading to successful completion of the strategic Program Implementation Plan (PIP) and successful World Bank appraisal and financing of the first project in the National Road Information Management Program (NRIMP). He also evaluated policy and institutional level problems and negotiated solutions that would promote rule of law and foreign direct investment and reduce corruption.

At the University of the Philippines, he co-lectured to graduate level economics students on the development and implementation of infrastructure in the Philippines. Earlier he was the chief architect and supervising officer of the micro-enterprise and SME component of the Third Urban Development sites and services project for metropolitan Manila. He also served as the Trade and Investment Policy Advisor for USAID in the Philippines from 2001-2004.

He has managed numerous projects from inception to commissioning while serving in the following positions. As Director – Economic Growth Office – USAID Kosovo, Mr. Boyle managed projects on promoting SMEs and linkages in the supply chain, particularly in agriculture business, construction, and employment. Mr. Boyle studied the investment planning and finance functions of Brazil’s urban transport authority as a member of the World Bank Appraisal Team. He managed the preparation of an institutional change program for both national and state agencies to develop more rigorous and competitive procedures and sub-loan eligibility criteria for improvements in operations, creating transparent executing conditions and productive relationships between its national operations and state offices. Also in Brazil, as a team leader for the institutional capacity study of state owned enterprise Centro Brasileiro Empresarial (CEBRAE), he evaluated their managerial and marketing capabilities to become competitive and financially sustainable. He served in senior management  positions for the World bank from 1978 to 1997. On assignment with the World Bank, he was the lead infrastructure-urban sector specialist and country team leader for Pakistan, assuring quality-at-entry for projects in the urban infrastructure sector for Pakistan. Mr. Boyle has experience as Regional Trade Advisor for the SADC Southern Trade Hub in Botswana A and managed two multi-million dollar USAID contracts dealing with trade policy reform and facilitated the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) in Southern Africa.

Mr Boyle has also worked for International Development Business Consultants (IDBC) as Senior Procurement Advisor in Mozambique.  He carried out a country procurement assessment report (CPAR) for the Government of Mozambique (GOM) and the World Bank. Other contract work for IDBC included designing terms of reference and scopes of work for procurement and infrastructure proposals. For the Ph.D, he completed all course in Organization Theory; an MBA, in Finance & International Business, and a BSc., in Engineering.  He speaks three languages, English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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Associates

Sharon L. Poczter, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
If you are unaware, Dr. Poczter was a graduate student in the Ph.D program at Berkeley with Oliver Williamson.  Dr. Poczter is currently Associate Professor at Cornell University in Managerial Economics and International Business Strategy.  She played a key role in helping to set up my website.  She graciously read a number of my postings to the site, without which I surely would have committed more mistakes than I care to acknowledge.  Having said that, all errors of fact or form are mine alone.  You may see her website at Cornell University by clicking on her hyperlink above.  http://dyson.cornell.edu/people/profiles/poczter.php

Ramon Clarete

This is Ramon’s website at the School of Economics, University of the Philippines:   http://econ.upd.edu.ph/faculty/rlclarete/

This is the website of the faculty at the School of Economics, University of the Philippines :   http://www.econ.upd.edu.ph/?page_id=79

Dr. Ramon L. Clarete is a first class policy and research economist on the Philippine economy who I have worked with since 2001 when we both worked on the USAID funded AGILE Project; Ramon was the Chief of Party for the prime contractor Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) and I was the acting Certified Technical Officer in charge for USAID.  Ramon is an applied policy economist in the fields of trade policy and facilitation, agriculture and food policy, as well as in tax policy and administration. He plans to work on contributions of applied transaction cost economics to the development of small and medium enterprises, particularly those involved in the supply chains of agriculture-based industries. He teaches at the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City and currently is the Director of Research for the School. You may delve into more detail by clicking on his hyperlink above.

Mehtab Karim
Dr. Mehtab Karim is Professor of Population Studies at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.  More detail to follow.

Hector Florento
Hector Florento is a tested financial advisor of national government agencies and the private sector in the Philippines. Currently, he has been assisting in improving governance policy and business processes for Public-Private Partnerships in infrastructure. He received his M.Phil.in Finance from Cambridge University and A.B., with General Honors, in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Donald Strombom
Donald Strombom, formerly Chief of Procurement Policy at the World Bank, has a special interest in adapting the positive features of good procurement practices to the particular requirements of public private partnerships.  International competitive bidding procedures have been quite easily incorporated into PPP practices but contract conditions and post-award contract management and administration have not yet made the same progress: areas that can be particularly improved through TCE. Like many of our colleagues in the Bank at the time who came into the Bank as mid-career professionals, Mr. Strombom was at his prime in practice and theory: many years of field experience, a Ph.D and professional certification in civil engineering and many articles of written material on the topic.  It does not get any better than that.

David Jones
David was the same as Don Strombom, at the height of theory and practice when he entered the Bank. David Jones, as a Charted Public Finance Accountant and a Charted Certified Accountant of the U. K., is a specialist in local government law and finance. Nineteen years with British national and local government, seventeen with the World Bank, the latter 8 years as Financial Advisor for public utilities, water supply and urban development sectors in numerous countries, and eighteen years as a research fellow and instructor at Harvard and 6 years, concurrently, as a visiting lecturer for the Master of Public Administration degree at George Mason University, brings considerable expertise and experience to INFRAGOV. His interests, in a nutshell are to get financial accounting and management right over a broad range of infrastructure sectors. A prolific and creative instructor, some of his power points and case studies are posted in “Articles” on this website.

Robert Macwilliam
A world class waterman from Perth, Scotland.  At retirement from the World Bank, Bob was Principal Sanitary Engineer, the highest technical rank in the Bank.  He came to the Bank from Tanzania, where he headed up sanitary engineering for the country. Bob and I worked together on the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) in Karachi, Pakistan in the late 1980s and 1990s.  We were an excellent team on both the First and the Second Karachi Water and Sanitation Projects.  Both were distinctive projects; the first because Bob led the 37th mission to Karachi that gave birth to the First water project for the Bank in that city; it took 36 prior missions led by other Bank staff before Bob’s mission where the local watermen finally agreed to work with the Bank. It was Bob’s practicality that made the difference. The Second water project in Karachi was distinctive for the comprehensive institutional reforms that were successfully implemented.

John Courtney   Download all
John Courtney follows in the same footsteps as the three persons listed immediately above, also a world class mid-career professional urban planner from Sydney, Australia and other points on the map.  John and I worked together in Brazil and Pakistan on urban infrastructure always on projects that worked with the local officials not just to purchase and install bricks and mortar but also the institutional capacity to go with it.  Google his name and see his recent urban development work and photos in Beijing,  John has a gallery of photos of Beijing and Sydney; the former taken while he consulted for a local university on the urban planning and development of that city; the latter taken on trips home on the urban growth and panorama of Sydney, Australia.

Ali Abassi
Ali is an environmental engineer with strong knowledge and skills in the social dimensions of development assistance both in the U.S. and abroad.  He has a distinctive record of achievements in and around the Washington-Baltimore area.  He also has considerable experience in the middle east in Dubai, Pakistan and beyond.