Patchwork in an interconnected world: the challenges of transport networks in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa has recently undergone, or still do in many countries, a period of transport infrastructure expansion. Current policies are centred on the development of international links, which require large capital-intensive projects and are sometimes economically dubious. This paper reviews the past policies and transport functions since colonial times by placing them in their economic and political context. We find that present strategies have similarities to the ones prevailing in previous periods, where expansion phases dominated by transport-led economic growth theories were followed by a stagnation of Africa’s infrastructure development. In view of the challenges in translating findings from empirical research into right policies, we identify the potential of more balanced and sustainable strategic investments, notably by reinforcing the existing secondary transport networks converging into urban centres.
CitationOliete, S., Magrinya, F. Patchwork in an interconnected world: the challenges of transport networks in Sub-Saharan Africa. "Transport reviews", Gener 2018, vol. 38, núm. 6, p. 710-736.