FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Building a Highway Infrastructure in Africa

Building a Highway Infrastructure in Africa

   We are reading Herbst' States and Power in Africa for a grad school class and the author has a chapter that does a poor job of examining the road networks (or lack thereof) in Africa.  This 2006 report does a great job of investigating the highway infrastructure (and potential) in Africa.  There's a powerpoint and a report at the link below.  The next step in this line of thought would be to connect the highway infrastructure development to the needed port infrastructure development.

Time to Build a Trans-Africa Road Network: New Analysis of the Costs and Benefits, and Preliminary Suggestions on How the Donors Could Make it Happen

I've listened to the guy who chaired the event lecture and he's a sharp and dynamic speaker (Todd Moss)--you should follow him on twitter (@toddjmoss).


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