n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Big infrastructure : will African communities benefit? - : Africa-wide - monitoring economies

Volume 2014, Issue 01
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Africa's infrastructure challenges are nowhere more acute than in post-conflict nations. In the two decades since 2000, Africa is estimated to have lost more than half of its infrastucture, particularly road networks, to conflict. Even then, the infrastructure inherited from the colonial era was geared towards servicing of expatriate communities at the expense of local populations. Furthermore, the historical focus on exports of mineral and agricultural commodities from the continent at the expense of intra-regional trade has left infrastructure links between countries wholly deficient across Africa.

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