Opportunities and Challenges 2016: Infrastructure in Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam

February 10, 2016

February 10, 2016

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Immersive Field Course: Africa: Building Cities

January 2016

Consider the potential for private finance and delivery of your sector of infrastructure in each city over the next decade. What are the main opportunities? What are some of the key challenges?

These are some ideas for accelerating the speed and quality of economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.   We are hopeful that they are well considered and that a few of them are useful. Future teams will have the opportunity not only to learn the landscape for themselves, but also to build on some portions of the work that has come before.

Our aspiration is that the tools of business and finance can be part of driving economic development, environmental sustainability, and individual opportunity in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and elsewhere in the Global South.

Responses (6)

Renewable Energy
Adrienne Debigare
Adrienne Debigare
Posted on January 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm
Africa is the world’s fastest growing continent with 7% annual GDP growth forecasted for years to come. Energy infrastructure development will require vast sums of capital over the next decade, with recent reports forecasting $70B annual investment requirement in the [...]
Telecommunication and Information Technology
Adrienne Debigare
Adrienne Debigare
Posted on January 4, 2017 at 1:25 pm
Mobile Money: Mobile money is a significant opportunity in Ethiopia and Tanzania, as both countries struggle with financial inclusion. Tanzania has one of the most developed mobile money infrastructures in the world.  While Ethiopia has a banking rate of only [...]
Water and Agriculture
Adrienne Debigare
Adrienne Debigare
Posted on January 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm
Opportunities and Challenges in the Sector There are major challenges present that, if addressed, could unlock major opportunities for growth within the agriculture sector. First, challenges reside around transportation capabilities and road infrastructure. Nearly 80% of a crop’s selling price [...]
Traditional Power Generation
Adrienne Debigare
Adrienne Debigare
Posted on January 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm
Ethiopia and Tanzania offer the private sector many opportunities for energy investments in the medium-term.  Both governments have a stated priority to attract the private sector to the generation sector and are implementing frameworks for future engagement.  In addition, other [...]
Workforce Housing
Adrienne Debigare
Adrienne Debigare
Posted on January 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm
Urban development in Tanzania and Ethiopia reflect trends typical of populations moving to cities throughout history.  Unique observations were apparent, however, between the distinct centralized planning model used in Ethiopia versus the decentralized approach in Tanzania. Three insights – detectable [...]