Topic Guide: Developing regional infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Unblocking constraints and enabling effective policy intervention
Regional infrastructure development is one of the most challenging areas for execution. However, it also has the potential for significant acceleration of economic development in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and sometimes can have a peace-building role. This is of particular value for fragile countries or countries which are on the cusp of becoming fragile.
These potential benefits and challenges need to be reflected in DFID business cases. Business cases that make the case for further engagement in regional infrastructure will need to consider the following four issues to ensure successful implementation of regional integration projects:
- creating and maintaining a political space
- regional governance arrangements to ensure that projects are sustainable and provide the right context
- financing, which is likely to involve public and private finance from different sources for a long-term period
- implementation, maintenance and operational issues, which will involve setting up accountable management structures for project implementation and arrangements to cover maintenance and operation over the longer run