Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2015

The Face of African Infrastructure: Service Availability and Citizens' Demands

Benjamin Leo, Robert Morello, Vijaya Ramachandran

February 2015

Center for Global Development


The need for infrastructure improvements is a top-tier economic, political, and social issue in nearly every African country. Although the academic and policy literature is extensive in terms of estimating the impact of infrastructure deficits on economic and social indicators, very few studies have examined citizen demands for infrastructure.