Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development

Edited by Mthuli Ncube, Group Head of Research Lab of Quantum Global and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol


This book presents a comprehensive account and analysis of the current state of infrastructure in Africa with an unprecedented level of detail. Covering nearly twenty specific topical issues for the ongoing development of African infrastructure—including the economic and political aspects of infrastructure development, financing and the mobilization of domestic resources, and the potential for social inclusion—the volume explicitly challenges current policy, practice, and thinking in this area.

Other Details:

  • Format: Paperback | 500 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781447326649
  • Price: $49.95
  • Will Publish April 2017

Review Quotes

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board, Quantum Global Group

“With continued interest from foreign investors and the regional appetite for public-private partnerships, 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.”

Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa region, World Bank

“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.”

Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

“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.”

Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Uganda

“Connectivity in terms of physical and financial system infrastructure is indispensable in realizing 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.”


In the International Monetary Fund (IMF) podcast below, QG’s Head of Research, Prof. Mthuli Ncube, talks about how reducing risks for private sector investors could help Africa build the infrastructure it so desperately needs.