IDS Releases Afrobarometer Round 6 Survey Results on Infrastructure in Africa

Date and time: 
Thu, 2016-01-14 15:26
Location / Venue: 

The Nairobi Safari Club

From Left to Right: Afrobarometer team  Dr Paul Kamau, Dr Adams Oloo, Prof  Winnie Mitullah and Mr Sam Balongo during the release of Afrobarometer Round 6 results. 


The institute for Development Studies (IDS) has released results of the Afrobarometer Round 6 Survey on infrastructure based on field-team observations in 35 African countries.

The survey established that despite progress over the past decade, the development of infrastructure for electricity, water, sewerage, and roads remains an enormous challenge across Africa, especially in rural areas.

However, cell phone service is approaching universal coverage. The results are published in a report entitled “Building on progress: Infrastructure development still a major challenge in Africa”. It was released in Nairobi on 14th January 2016 by IDS Director Prof Winnie Mitullah.

Afrobarometer is an independent, non-partisan research project that measures social, political and economic atmosphere in Africa. It is managed by a network comprising Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Ghana; Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IREEP), Benin; Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA), South Africa and IDS, University of Nairobi. 

According to the latest report, only about two-thirds of citizens across 35 African countries live in communities with an electric grid (65%) and/or piped water infrastructure (63%), and less than one in three have access to sewerage (30%). More than three times as many have access to cell phone services (93%), while about half (54%) live in zones with tarred or paved roads.

Eighteen countries tracked since 2005/2006 show steady but slow progress infrastructure development. On average, the availability of all the three services has increased. Sewerage shows the least progress, with access increasing by just 8 percentage points over the past decade.

Countries vary greatly in basic service infrastructure. For instance, while availability of electricity and piped water is universal in Mauritius and Egypt, only 17% Burundians live in zones with electricity grid while 17% of Liberians have access to piped water.

Regionally, North Africa has the best availability of all the five services followed by Central Africa. East Africa ranks last in the availability of electricity, piped water, sewerage and cell phone service.

Prof  Mitullah is Afrobarometer’s  Core Partner Project Director for the region while  Mr Abel Oyuke is  the Core Partner Programme Manager. They are assisted in handling National Partner (NP) tasks by Dr Paul Kamau (IDS) and Dr Adams Oloo and Dr Joshua Kivuva, both from the Political Science Department, University of Nairobi.

The insights into the citizens’ access to basic services are particularly significant, as governments and development partners prioritize investments to ensure inclusive growth.


Detailed information on the survey and its findings are provided in the link below: 


Expiry Date: 
Sat, 2018-05-05 15:26
Contact Person: 

Prof. Winnie Mitullah Email

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