Urban Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Implication for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction
Urban Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Implication for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction by Christine Kessides outlines of the challenges of rapid urbanisation, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa, and some of the ways in which these can be met.
Kessides examines the context in which this rapid urbanisation is taking place; (i) how the emerging cities and towns can be made to contribute positively to the development of the continent, especially to reducing the pervasive poverty among the majority or urban residents; (ii) what requirements need to be met to make this happen; (iii) what is at stake or what are the opportunity costs to African countries if these requirements are not met; and (iv) what are the strategic and operational choices and priorities that would enable most African countries to gain the best in the process of its transition to a largely urbanised society.
- Content, Foreword, Acknowledgements, Abbreviations and Acronyms (12 pages, 281 KB PDF)
- Executive Summary 16 pages, 262 KB PDF)
- The Context of Urban Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
- What Cities and Towns Can Do for a Country’s Development Agenda—and How
- Making African Cities More Effective in Promoting Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction
- The Opportunity Cost of Neglecting the Cities - What Is at Stake for National Development in Africa
- Strategic and Operational Choices and Priorities - Attempting to Gain the Best from the Urban Transition
- Appendix: A Review of Investment Climate Survey Results for Sub-Saharan Africa and Selected Asian Countries
- Additional Statistical Tables