Tuesday, March 2, 2010

AICD - Facts from the Field

The Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD), a co-publication of the World Bank and AFD is an unprecedented attempt to collect comprehensive data on the infrastructure sectors in Africa--covering power, transport, irrigation, water and sanitation, and information and communication technology (ICT)-- and provide an integrated analysis of the challenges they face. The report contends that infrastructure has been responsible for more than half of Africa's recently improved growth performance and has the potential to contribute even more in the future. The report indicates that the cost of addressing Africa's infrastructure needs is around $93 billion a year, about one-third of which is for maintenance--more than twice the Commission for Africa's (2005) estimate. We'll continue to share with you the findings from this extensive fieldwork across Africa.