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The Impact of Colonization on Access to Improved Water and Sanitation Facilities in African Cities
Cities
  • Ambe J. Njoh, University of South Florida
  • Fenda Akiwumi, University of South Florida
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2011
Keywords
  • Africa,
  • African cities,
  • Colonization,
  • Infrastructure building,
  • Sanitation,
  • Water
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2011.04.005
Disciplines
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.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

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

Citation Information
Ambe J. Njoh and Fenda Akiwumi. "The Impact of Colonization on Access to Improved Water and Sanitation Facilities in African Cities" Cities Vol. 28 Iss. 5 (2011) p. 452 - 460
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/fenda-akiwumi/29/