- May 1, 2015: Vol. 8, Number 5

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Research review: A guide to recent infrastructure research reports and papers

by Drew Campbell

Financing Africa Infrastructure: Can the world deliver?

By Brookings Institute

The complete report, which was published in March 2015, can be found online at

Synopsis: The lack of infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa opens the door to crucial and potentially transformative opportunities like no other region. Brookings estimates the sub-Saharan Africa needs approximately $93 billion annually to meet its infrastructure investment gap. The energy sector has seen the fastest growth in external financing sources of any sector and it now is the recipient of 45 percent of total external financing.

“Although private investment is significant and serves a broad range of countries, historically it has been concentrated in the telecommunications (or ICT) sector,” Brookings notes. “Excluding telecom, private finance for other sectors, especially energy, is highly concentrated in a few co

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