Africa's Urbanization: Challenges and Opportunities

Africa is urbanizing fast. Its rate of urbanization soared from 15 percent in 1960 to 40 percent in 2010, and is projected to reach 60 percent in 2050 (UN Habitat 2010). Urban populations in Africa are expected to triple in the next 50 years, changing the profile of the region, and challenging policy makers to harness urbanization for sustainable and inclusive growth. Although many have written about the phenomena, what is clear to us is that is impossible to deal with Africa’s growth and poverty challenges without managing urbanization. Urbanization is not a sub-plot, but rather the main policy narrative for Africa. This paper addresses the question of what is required to make African cities efficient, sustainable, and inclusive.

The Growth Dialogue acknowledges the research support from Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) in preparation of the paper. 

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This paper addresses the question of what is required to make African cities efficient, sustainable, and inclusive.
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Africa's Urbanization: Challenges and Opportunities