A Corridor Of Contrasts: On the Road from Abidjan to Lagos, Urbanization Offers Risk and Opportunity, Hardship and Hope


The West African Abidjan to Lagos transport corridor crosses five countries through a densely populated and growing urban setting. While rapid economic growth and urbanization in the region have the potential to help pull people out of poverty and advance progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it can also, without proper management, lead to the burgeoning growth of informal settlements, pollution, and crime.

To document issues affecting the health of people living in urban areas along the corridor, the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Africa Bureau and Global Health Bureau commissioned African Strategies for Health (ASH) to capture the stories of people who live and work along the road. In January 2015, a journalist and photographer traveled the route and interviewed USAID staff, private and public health service providers, USAID implementing partners, and urban residents.This report is a compilation of those stories and the recommendations made by people living along the corridor for improving services for those who need it most.