The first issue of the Development Research News for 2023 centers on infrastructure issues and challenges affecting transportation systems, communication networks, water systems, housing, and smart city development. The banner article highlights the need to ramp up investments in air transport infrastructure, which suffers from capacity and technical constraints. It further discusses solutions to eliminate bottlenecks in the water transport sector. This issue also features articles looking at the state of the country’s road and rail transport, power and electricity services infrastructure, including nuclear energy, and the financial capacities of local water districts. The subsequent articles tackle necessary reforms to improve digital connectivity, address housing gaps, and assist local government units in overcoming smart city development challenges. Completing this issue is an infographic story on managing wastewater systems to sustain the provision and maintenance of clean water.