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Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326632

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326632.001.0001

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Infrastructure, political economy and Africa’s transformational agenda

Infrastructure, political economy and Africa’s transformational agenda

Chapter:
(p.643) Sixteen Infrastructure, political economy and Africa’s transformational agenda
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Infrastructure in Africa
Author(s):

Mthuli Ncube

Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

George Kararach

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326632.003.0017

Africa's efforts to achieve sustainable development have been hindered by factors such as skills development and enhancing market access in support of sustainable transformation and infrastructure that promote sustainable development and connectivity in Africa. Continental connectivity and logistical problems are the result of peculiar socio-economic conditions in the region such as geology, poor economic governance and conflict. These issues have direct implications for the implementation of infrastructure projects and the type of public policies needed to foster strategic connectivity. Moreover, the major constraints on infrastructure are not technical but managerial, political, ‘cultural’ and due to a lack of specialised resources. Africa needs to find its own solutions to local capacity and development problems with greater involvement of local private sector partners wherever feasible. A political economy perspective is critical to understand the dynamics around infrastructure deficits as well as associated investments and development.

Keywords:   sustainable development, market access, infrastructure, political economy, Africa

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