Conversation on Infrastructure Development in Africa
- Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:15pm
- Reid Hall, 108 - view map
Please join us in a discussion on infrastructure development in Africa led by a distinguished panel of past and present stakeholders, including civil engineers and social workers from Lesotho in Africa.
Reception at 5:30, panel discussion 6:00-7:15.
One‐in‐seven people in the world lives in Africa, and by the middle of the century, this number is expected to almost double. This offers tremendous opportunity both internally across the continent and externally across the world, but comes with tremendous challenges.
An integral element of these challenges is infrastructure development, with the associated best practices a source of great debate. At the core of infrastructure development are questions surrounding appropriate technology and innovation, driving how the infrastructure can/should look, as well as questions surrounding implementation from project inception, through funding, design, construction and subsequent operation throughout its entire life.
In these regards, Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD – New Partnership for Africa’s Economic Development, has commented on these opportunities and challenges:
“The story of Africa’s development is changing. Six of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa…But while we boast of having some of the fastest growing economies, what we don’t generally say is that we also have seven of the ten most unequal economies in the world… Africa is the most unequal continent in the world. Added to that specificity is the fact that 75% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25…Africa still faces serious infrastructure shortcomings across all sectors…only 38% of the African population has access to electricity, the penetration rate for internet is less than 10% while only a quarter of Africa’s road network is paved.”
In this environment, how can outside assistance with infrastructure development best be offered and put to use, from individual entrepreneurs, to grass‐roots efforts of non‐governmental organizations such as Engineers Without Borders, to external government aid programs, to the World Bank, and more?
Leading the discussion will be Kutlo Kanetsi, Civil Engineer; Mamakoloi Kanetsi, Social Worker; Mohale Khabo, Civil Engineer; Matumelo Khabo, Business Woman; Chris Allen, Civil Engineer at MSU.
Sponsored by WGM Group, Inc., Missoula and the Department of Civil Engineering at MSU.