Despite progress, basic infrastructure still a challenge in Africa

Public services

Despite progress over the past decade, the development of infrastructure for electricity, water, sewerage, and roads remains an enormous challenge across Africa, especially in rural areas, new Afrobarometer survey data indicate. In contrast, cell phone service is approaching universal coverage.

Survey findings published today (14 January 2016) in the report “Building on progress: Infrastructure development still a major challenge in Africa”, are based on field-team observations in 35 African countries in 2014/2015.

These insights into citizens’ access to basic services are particularly significant as governments and development partners prioritize investments to ensure inclusive growth.

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Click here to view the CNBC interview with Professor Winnie Mitullah, Director, Institute for Development Studies discussing the survey results.