African Cities as Emerging Hubs and Drivers of Innovation and Growth

Abstract

Rapid urbanization is fast becoming the key driver of economic change in Africa.  The African continent is the fastest urbanising region in the world. The figures are astounding: it is estimated that in the next 15 years, an additional 350m people will be living in Africa’s cities. Undoubtedly, this is now the greatest management challenge for Africa’s governments. According to The Economist, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and Lusaka will have the greatest growth in population over the next decade. As Africa builds more urban fabric than ever before and adds more people to existing places, how these cities are structured will define how competitive and sustainable the region will be as a whole. Undoubtedly, this is now the greatest management challenge for Africa’s governments. According to The Economist, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and Lusaka will have the greatest growth in population over the next decade. As Africa builds more urban fabric than ever before and adds more people to existing places, how these cities are structured will define how competitive and sustainable the region will be as a whole. Today, emerging African cities are already hubs for economic growth, innovation, and social and human development. All in all, cities currently account for an estimated 70% of global GDP.

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Publication Type Article
Year 2014
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