Transport infrastructure is likewise lagging with sub saharan africa being the only region in the world where road density has declined over the past 20 years the growth effects of narrowing sub saharan africas infrastructure quantity and quality gap are potentially large. Sub saharan africa ranks consistently at the bottom of all developing regions in terms of infrastructure performance and an increasing number of observers point to deficient infrastructure as a major obstacle for growth and poverty reduction across the region. The lack of infrastructure eg roads electricity internet water in sub saharan africa may directly reduce welfare and create an obstacle to private investment access to a network of well maintained roads enables businesses to easily transport their goods. As a result by 2006 approximately 17 of the population of sub saharan africa or some 110 million people had a mobile phone subscription up from less than 1 in the 1990s despite the explosive growth of ict services in sub saharan africa many challenges remain prices remain high effectively excluding many people. If the above mentioned reservations are borne in mind though infrastructure and poverty in sub saharan africa does much to shape a realistic view on infrastructure policy in africa the authors analysis has not lost relevance despite the caveats raised and is clearly worthwhile reading to improve the understanding of this politically and
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