Transformational Infrastructure for Development of a Wellbeing Economy in Africa

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Desta Mebratu, Mark Swilling
AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, Nov 8, 2019 - Business & Economics - 342 pages

 African countries face unprecedented challenges of defining a future development pathway in a resource- and carbon-constrained world. This book addresses this challenge, with special reference to the set of infrastructure that most African countries require to meet the sustainable development goals and fulfil the aspirations of Agenda 2063. Infrastructure is a key factor that determines how resource and energy flow and transform through socio-economic systems. Decisions made today by African countries on their infrastructural configuration will determine the inclusivity, resource intensity and climate resilience of their development pathways for decades to come. This book is a product of a two‑year research conducted by a group of African scholars who have an extensive academic and practical experience on the development of key infrastructure sectors in Africa.


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Executive summary
Transformative leapfrogging to a wellbeing economy in Africa
Ecological infrastructure as a basis for the African wellbeing economy
Sustainable energy systems in Africa
Inclusive and sustainable industrial development for Africa
Sustainable urban development in Africa
Lifecycle management for sustainable infrastructure planning and development in Africa
Distributed renewable economy for Africa as a basis for wellbeing economy development
Inclusive governance for sustainable development in Africa
Indicators on transformational infrastructure for a wellbeing economy
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About the author (2019)

 Desta Mebratu is an Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University. He has more than 30 years of experience working for industries, government agencies, universities and international organisations. He is Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) and other institutes for advanced study.    

Mark Swilling is a Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, the Academic Director of the Sustainability

Institute and Co‑Director of the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. He has published widely on topics related to sustainability and sustainable development.

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