Sub Saharan Africa needs USD 93 billion annually for infrastructure development, but only USD 45 billion is being mobilised while the IMF estimates that over 50% of investment in infrastructure in Africa is lost due to corruption, mismanagement and inefficiency.
Under such complicated and difficult contexts, incremental progress is only possible when countries and stakeholders take accountability and transparency initiatives and mechanisms, for establishing stronger foundations for delivering quality infrastructure more critically.
In the last ten years, CoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative has documented impact at project and sector levels and influenced policy reforms across its membership countries in Africa.
- In Ghana, Malawi and Uganda we have strengthened citizen engagement in road infrastructure scrutiny leading to improvements on the quality of infrastructure projects, design changes to incorporate key requirements such as health, safety and environmental protection and fast tracking of stalled projects. Our work has helped citizens directly influence access to better services such as water for production in Uganda, and better health infrastructure in Malawi.
- In Ethiopia we have helped identify design gaps, cost and time variations and our advocacy led to a re-design of the Gineber to Gobensa road leading to a major cost saving worth USD 3.5M and six month in construction time.
- In Uganda we have established a platform for the private sector to engage with government which resulted into improvements in policies on private sector participation and enhanced competition for businesses. These engagements have built trust and change of mind set by construction companies around corruption, and are increasingly seeing that business integrity is beneficial for all and can save them money.
We achieved this impact by building capacities of public officials to disclose infrastructure data, citizens to use disclosed data to scrutinize project