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The African Development Corridors Database: a new tool to assess the impacts of infrastructure investments

Thorn, Jessica P. R., Bignoli, Diego Juffe, Mwangi, Ben, Marchant, Robert A. (2022) The African Development Corridors Database: a new tool to assess the impacts of infrastructure investments. Scientific Data, 9 (1). Article Number 679. ISSN 2052-4463. (doi:10.1038/s41597-022-01771-y) (KAR id:97890)

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The large-scale expansion of built infrastructure is profoundly reshaping the geographies of Africa, generating lock-in patterns of development for future generations. Understanding the impact of these massive investments can allow development opportunities to be maximised and therefore be critical for attaining the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and African Union’s Agenda 2063 aims. However, until now information on the types, scope, and timing of investments, their evolution and spatial-temporal impact was dispersed amongst various agencies. We developed a database of 79 development corridors across Africa, synthesizing data from multiple sources covering 184 projects on railways, wet and dry ports, pipelines, airports, techno-cities, and industrial parks. The georeferenced interlinked tabular and spatial database includes 22 attributes. We expect this database will improve coordination, efficiency, monitoring, oversight, strategic planning, transparency, and risk assessments, among other uses for investment banks, governments, impact assessment practitioners, communities, conservationists, economists, and regional economic bodies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1038/s41597-022-01771-y
Projects: Development Corridors Partnership project (project number: ES/P011500/1)
Additional information: For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence (where permitted by UKRI, an Open Government Licence or CC BY ND public copyright licence may be used instead) to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising.
Uncontrolled keywords: Biodiversity, Developing world, Environmental impact, Industry, Sustainability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Funders: UK Research and Innovation (
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Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2022 12:10 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2022 14:41 UTC
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