Urbanization and Green Growth in Africa

  • URBANIZATION AND GREEN GROWTH IN AFRICA

The paper addresses the issues of urbanization and green growth in Africa from the perspective of what it would take for African cities and countries to accommodate the upcoming urban explosion without the usual negative impact on the physical environment, and using it as an opportunity for innovative and green growth. The paper is organized in four parts. Part I reviews the performance of the African region, economic growth, urban expansion and the characteristics of the urbanization process. Part II suggests a framework to discuss green growth at city level. If focuses on sectors normally under city responsibility (land, buildings, waste, urban transport) and reviews the use of public policies, including regulation, pricing, tax and investment criteria. Part III discusses combination of policies for African cities at different stage of urbanization and urban growth. Part IV summarizes the key points for a forward policy agenda. The reports draws on the extensive literature produced on Green Economy by UNEP (2010), World Bank, OECD, African Development Bank and uses relevant examples from Africa and other cities in the world.

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Maria Emilia Freire
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URBANIZATION AND GREEN GROWTH IN AFRICA
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Urbanization and Green Growth in Africa