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Title:The political economy of infrastructure development in Africa: an assessment of the NEPAD Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI)
Authors:Ikome, Francis Nguendi
Lisinge, Robert Tama
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Geographic term:Africa
heads of State
development projects
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2016.1221768
Abstract:Using a political economy approach, this article examines the factors that cause high-profile political leaders in Africa to champion particular regional infrastructure projects within the framework of the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI). It also analyses the extent to which the presence of high-stature political champions enhances the prospects for project implementation. The paper argues that the economic and integrative potential of regional infrastructure projects, alongside the presence of high-stature political champions, do not necessarily guarantee implementation. Rather, it is the interplay of diverse economic, institutional and political factors and interests that determines the successful implementation, or otherwise, of the various championed infrastructure projects. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]