Good infrastructure is essential for socio-economic growth and sustainable development. Safe and accessible water supplies, reliable energy, good transport networks and communications technology are all vital to a region’s development agenda.
This book presents a comprehensive exploration of the state of infrastructure in Africa and provides an integrated analysis of the challenges the sector faces, based on extensive fieldwork across the continent. Contributors with a wide range of expertise challenge current policy, practice and thinking on issues including the politics of infrastructure development, social inclusion, domestic resource mobilisation and infrastructure financing.
The book will be an important resource for academic researchers, students and early career development professionals as well as policymakers and NGOs engaged in dialoguing the infrastructure development options for Africa.
Mthuli Ncube is Managing Director, Quantum Global Research LabLab, Switzerland. He was previously Professor of Public Policy at the University of Oxford and served as Chief Economist and Vice President at the African Development Bank Group.
Dr Charles Leyeka Lufumpa is the Director of Statistics Department at the African Development Bank Group. He oversees the Bank’s statistical development activities in African countries as well as the data needs for the Bank.
Introduction: Infrastructure in African development ~ M. Ncube, C.L. Lufumpa and G. Kararach;
Part 1: Spatial and demographic contexts;
Infrastructure development index ~ C.L. Lufumpa, N. Letsara and S. Saidi;
Rapid urbanization and the growing demand for urban infrastructure in Africa ~ C.L. Lufumpa and T. Yepes;
Infrastructure for the growing middle class in Africa ~ M. Mubila and T. Yepes;
Infrastructure and rural productivity in Africa ~ M. Mubila and T. Yepes;
Part 2: Sector-specific issues;
Water and sanitation in Africa: current status, trends, challenges and opportunities ~ G. Kararach and T. Yepes;
Africa’s prospects for infrastructure development and regional integration: energy sector ~ E. Teljeur; M. Chetty and M. Hendriksz;
Africa’s prospects for infrastructure development and regional integration: transport sector ~ T. Chaponda and D. Lishman;
Africa’s prospects for infrastructure development and regional integration: ICT sector ~ L. Adam and M. Mubila;
Part 3. Regional issues;
The state of infrastructure in East Africa ~ T. Yepes and C.L Lufumpa;
Integrated approaches for infrastructure ~ C.L Lufumpa, M. Mubila and T. Yepes;
Regional integration and infrastructure connectivity in Africa ~ M. Mubila and T. Yepes;
Part 4: Financing issues;
Infrastructure deficit and opportunities in Africa ~ A. Mafusire, Z. Brixiova, J. Anyanwu and Q. Meng;
Comparative analysis of costs of some selected infrastructure components across Africa ~ O. Chinganya; A. Adam and M. Kouakou;
Infrastructure deficit and the financing needs in Africa ~ M. Ncube;
Innovative financing for infrastructure: Africa50 fund issues ~ G. Kararach;
Part 5: Concluding remarks;
Infrastructure, political economy and Africa’s transformational agenda ~ M. Ncube, C.L. Lufumpa and G. Kararach
"Connectivity in terms of physical and financial system infrastructure is indispensable in realising the full benefits of regional integration and wider development of Africa. This book provides much needed ample insight into the conundrum of infrastructure development on the African continent." Louis Kasekende (PhD.), Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda
"As Africa’s population doubles in the next two decades, it is vital that infrastructure keeps up, or stays ahead. Transport, sanitation, water, electricity, communications technology and social infrastructure are all vital to ensure flourishing communities across the continent. This book spells out that the development of each is challenging but within reach.” Ngaire Woods, Dean of Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
"Everybody agrees that Africa has an infrastructure deficit, but there is less agreement on how it should be filled, which sectors to prioritize, at which level, and how it should be financed. This comprehensive and wide-ranging book addresses all these questions, contributing both rigor and balance to the debate." Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank
“With continued interest from foreign investors and the regional appetite for PPPs, Africa is poised to ride out the oil crisis and meet its infrastructure development goals. This book addresses some of the pressing issues of African infrastructure.” Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board, Quantum Global Group