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23 May, 2022

The state of construction projects in Sub-Saharan Africa – April 2022

New figures from GlobalData shed light on the state of construction projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.

By Data Journalism Team

New figures from GlobalData show that the health of the construction sector in Sub-Saharan Africa is worse than in most other regions, but the situation is improving.

Sub-Saharan Africa has received an overall score of 0.23 on GlobalData’s April 2022 Construction Project Momentum Index, which provides an assessment of the health of the construction project pipeline at all stages of development from announcement through to completion.

Every construction project in GlobalData's database is assigned a score of between 5 and -5 based on its current progress, a score which is continually updated over time. These are then weighted by the value of each project in order to come to overall scores for countries, regions and sectors.

That score puts Sub-Saharan Africa in 10th place out of 11 regions, and is an increase on its score from February 2022 (-0.24) when it ranked in 11th place.

One reason for Sub-Saharan Africa's relatively poor performance in the index is its residential sector, which scores just -0.31, putting it in 11th place out of 11 regions worldwide.

Sub-Saharan Africa's commercial & leisure sector, by contrast, has performed somewhat better, with a score of 0.37 (putting it in 7th place globally).

Within Sub-Saharan Africa, the problems in the construction sector are most significant in South Africa, which scores just -0.56 in the index. The situation in Ethiopia, however, is somewhat better with a score of 1.

The improving health of the construction pipeline in Sub-Saharan Africa is partly due to the resolution of issues in the region's infrastructure sector, which has seen its score on GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index rise from -0.81 in February 2022 to 0.23 in April 2022.

The construction sector is also seeing fewer and fewer problems in Ethiopia, which has seen its score on the index go from -0.78 in February 2022 to 1 in April 2022.

The Construction Project Momentum Index

GlobalData's Construction Project Momentum Index is based on analysis of thousands of individual construction projects around the world.

Each project is continually monitored for updates, with updates indicating progress increasing the project's score while updates indicating delays or cancellations reduce the score. The score always sits between 5, the best possible score, and -5, the worst.

The scores for individual projects are then weighted based on their significance in order to create combined indices for each region or sector.

Events that can reduce a project's score include the project being cancelled or put on hold, delays, the rejection of applications or tender bids or the reducing of the project's scope.

Events that can increase a project's score on the index, by contrast, include the completion or commencement of construction, the awarding of major contracts, or the approval of applications.

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