Are There Myths on Road Impact and Transport in Sub‐Saharan Africa?

28 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2015

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Monica Beuran

World Bank

Marie Gachassin

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne (CES); World Bank - Governance Global Practice

Gaël Raballand

World Bank

Date Written: September 2015

Abstract

Large investments in road infrastructure continue to be high on the agenda of many African countries, only a few of which have actually amended their investment strategy. In many cases, there seems to be a preference for a status quo that can easily be explained by political‐economy factors driving policies in the sector. After presenting data on the state of roads in sub‐Saharan Africa (length, density, condition), this article demonstrates how most countries’ transport strategies are based on certain misperceptions and recommends better prioritisation of investments, better procurement and contract management, better projects implementation and better monitoring to improve the developmental impact of recent road investments.

Keywords: Transport, roads, sub‐Saharan Africa, strategy, infrastructure, procurement

Suggested Citation

Beuran, Monica and Gachassin, Marie Castaing and Raballand, Gael, Are There Myths on Road Impact and Transport in Sub‐Saharan Africa? (September 2015). Development Policy Review, Vol. 33, Issue 5, pp. 673-700, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2639417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12125

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Marie Castaing Gachassin

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Gael Raballand

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