45th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Land Use and Water Management in a Sustainable Network Society", 23-27 August 2005, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Huambo province in Angola has been detached from the outside world since the begining of the nineties. First due to the civil war in Angola and from then on due to the degradation of the roads and destruction of the railways. Furthermore there is the lack of integration of the province itself due to transport difficulties and human desertification. The objective of this paper is to understand the role of the roads network and the distribution of public funding in the revival of the economy in the Province of Huambo. First we present a review of the literature that stresses that one of the major causes of poverty due to war is related to the lack of accessibility. Then we formulated, calibrate a spatial interaction model for the Huambo City and Province where the degree of openness of the economy can be explicitated. Finaly we simulate the model for different scenarios of road network and distrubution of public funds.