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Sustainable Improvement in Infrastructure Development in Africa: Which way forward?

Editorial June 2023



Infrastructure development remains a key driver for improved productivity and economic growth globally, especially in developing countries. However, this encounters significant setbacks; hence, the United Nations has set relevant, sustainable development goals. This may explain why the authors of the articles in this regular issue focus on construction tender price inflation, Lean construction techniques, Crystalline Silica Dust, and Sustainable Construction Transition (SCT) Policy, demonstrating the challenges that infrastructure development globally faces but with a focus on developing countries. They argue that these challenges must be addressed for a sustainable improvement in infrastructure development in various African countries. For example, Musa et al. (2023) argues that a better understanding of the level of awareness and barriers to lean construction techniques in developing countries, such as Nigeria will bring about sustainable infrastructure. However the problems that developing countries face, including establishing a functional regulatory system that will facilitate such ambition has been established as complex by authors, for example, Umeokafor (2017). The question remains 'Which way forward? How does Africa ensure and sustain the development of its infrastructure? While the authors in this issue attempt to answer this question, they also highlight areas that require more attention for pragmatic and robust solutions.

Welcome to the eleventh issue of the Journal of Construction Business and Management and collection of four articles by 15 authors from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia. Following this introduction is the discussion of the papers, followed by the conclusion.


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Author Biography

Abimbola Windapo, University of Cape Town

Abimbola Windapo is a Professor at the Dept of Construction Economics & Management, University of Cape Town, with more than 35 years of experience in the construction field. She is a Registered Construction Project Manager with the SA Council for the Project & Construction Management Profession (SACPCMP) and Registered Builder with CORBON. Her research focus is in the area of construction industry development, business & project managemnt from a performance & practice perspective.




How to Cite

Windapo, A., & Umeokafor, N. (2023). Sustainable Improvement in Infrastructure Development in Africa: Which way forward? Editorial June 2023. Journal of Construction Business and Management, 6(1), v - ix. Retrieved from