Can we create better jobs in Africa's booming construction sector?

Looking to market systems analysis to point us in the right direction

November 20188 pages Mozambique Rwanda Zambia Africa: East, South & Central Infrastructure Decent work & employment Read the brief
Published by
The Lab, ILO

Where should projects focus their resources to understand and address the causes of constraints in the construction sector?

The Lab's market systems analysis of the building construction sector in Mozambique, Zambia and Rwanda has revealed some commonalities relating to:

  • sector structure
  • constraints that limit market growth, worker development and business growth
  • opportunities for project implementation

Key lessons from these analyses are synthesised in this brief to help development practitioners better understand the sector and its opportunities through a market systems analysis lens.

The construction sector is becoming an economic engine in low income countries where populations are rapidly growing and urbanising,

Despite the sector’s increasing economic importance, particularly as an employer to the poor and most vulnerable, relatively few development projects have analysed or attempted to tackle the complex, sector-specific challenges within it.

Very little is known about where projects should focus their resources to understand and address the causes to sector constraints.