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Congested roads and overcrowded public transport services are common problems in many of our cities. Dam Himbeechts/AAP

Speaking with: Crystal Legacy on the politics of transport infrastructure

Australia's transport infrastructure needs urgent upgrades. But with governments willing to fund only one or two major projects, how do we decide which infrastructure project to prioritise?
Developers levied by local governments to provide essential infrastructure over-inflate that cost when passing it onto buyers. AAP/Paul Miller

Inefficient tax slugs all homebuyers

Developers are inflating the infrastructure charges levied upon them by as much as 400% - and all buyers end up paying.
The Kariba dam on the Zambezi River produces most of the electricity used in Zimbabwe and Zambia, supports extensive fishing and tourism industries and protects hundreds of thousands of people from floods. shutterstock

Why promoting green infrastructure in Africa may be bad for development

Green infrastructure may not be the best thing for Africa despite being environmentally friendly.
Boston 2024 offered a historic opportunity for redevelopment in Boston. Boston 2024

How Boston 2024’s Olympics bid could have been saved

Boston's bid to host the Olympics in 2024 suffered from misplaced priorities, yet it offered a rare opportunity for large-scale community development.
Flooding during Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City’s transportation and power infrastructure. Jason Howie/flickr

Flood severity along US coastline has worsened

Study finds higher risk of flooding from a combination of storm surge and heavy precipitation, particularly along the East Coast of the US.
Mozambique has improved access to education, but it has to do more to meet the high expectations of its young and rapidly growing population. Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenbur

What Mozambique can do to achieve rapid economic and social progress

Agriculture, which employs about 80% of the working population, and political stability are key to Mozambique's rapid economic and social progress.
The challenge for new African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina is to ensure that it develops its own Africa-relevant solutions to the continent’s problems. Reuters/Luc Gnago

African Development Bank must gear up for a more proactive role

As the African Development Bank Group changes leadership, Africa's multilateral financier must chart a new course, including raising the contribution and voice of Africans in the institution.
A well designed user pays system for Australian roads would help boost productivity. Image sourced from shutterstock.com

Road users must pay, sooner rather than later

The longer Australia waits for reform to road use pricing, the more commuters will ultimately end up paying.
A concerted drive to develop the technology sector has transformed Mauritius into a cyber island. Shutterstock

Better connectivity has economic spinoffs for Africa

Increased internet connectivity can spur economic growth throughout Africa. But the continent has a long way to go before it can reap any broadband dividend.
If the choice is between waiting in their cars and long waits on inefficient public transport, many people prefer to drive. AAP/Julian Smith

Traffic congestion: is there a miracle cure? (Hint: it’s not roads)

Once a new road opens, people switch back to cars and congestion increases back to a steady-state point of gridlock. For lasting effectiveness, policy needs to include congestion charges and better rail services.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. REUTERS/Diego Azubel/Pool

How to rebalance Africa’s relationship with China

For sub-Saharan Africa to benefit fully from its growing economic ties with China both parties need to change their behaviour and attitude.
Looking over Palmerston and the East Arm of Darwin Harbour to the new $35B Inpex LNG plant. Many resources projects in the north are in beautiful, environmentally important places. Andrew Campbell

The budget harks back to old ideas for northern Australia

This year's federal budget outlined plans for infrastructure in northern Australia, but it will need to do more than build roads and rail to sustainably develop the north.

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