Title

The Impact of Colonization on Access to Improved Water and Sanitation Facilities in African Cities

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2011

Keywords

Africa, African cities, Colonization, Infrastructure building, Sanitation, Water

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2011.04.005

Abstract

Much work on the influence of colonialism on development in Africa has focused on macro-level indicators of development such as the GNP, GDP and GNI/cap. The study reported here focuses on micro-level indicators, namely access to improved water and sanitation facilities. The impact of colonial tenure on access to improved water and sanitation facilities in African cities is explored. It is revealed that such access is a function of the duration of the colonial era. Thus, on average, access to improved water and sanitation facilities is greater in cities within countries that experienced longer periods of colonization than those in which the colonial era was brief. Therefore, despite its reprehensibility, colonialism holds important lessons for ongoing efforts to improve access to water and sanitation in African cities.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Cities, v. 28, issue 5, p. 452-460

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