Building the future: infrastructure in Nigeria until 2040


Nigeria’s basic physical infrastructure deficit severely undermines the country’s prospects for economic growth and development. Looking to the future, rapid population growth will compound the challenge of inadequate levels of access to basic infrastructure. On average, Nigeria’s African and global income peers have more extensive and better road networks, and better access to electricity, clean water and improved sanitation. Using the International Futures model, this report explores a set of interventions to accelerate Nigeria’s infrastructure development and potential benefits for the economy and human development until 2040. 

About the authors

Julia Bello-Schünemann is a senior researcher for the African Futures and Innovation programme at the ISS. Before joining the ISS, she was a consultant working on peace and state building, providing policy advice to the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), among others. Bello-Schünemann has a PhD in international relations from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. 

Alex Porter is a researcher at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver. Previously he was a research consultant for the African Futures and Innovation programme at the ISS. Porter holds an MA in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. 

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