The African Centre for Cities was commissioned by the ‘New Climate Economy’, a flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, to research and comment on the challenges and opportunities associated with rapid urbanisation in Africa occurring amid unprecedented climate instability.
The ACC collaborated with several individuals to produce a Working Paper. Anton Cartwright was lead researcher and writer.
The appeal to policy makers of low-carbon energy services, public transport, off-grid sanitation and compact urban forms for African cities lies in their ability to deliver critical services to growing urban populations and support wider economic prosperity in spite of the relative lack of governance and adequate public sector budgets.
This report documents a wide range of projects, programmes and plans currently being pursued by African cities as part of a new mode of low-carbon urbanism that is simultaneously helping to realise virtuous cycles of local economic development and social inclusion, as well as climate risk reduction. The emerging evidence is that some African cities are using the global response to climate change as an opportunity to convert their historical under-development into new economic competitiveness.
The institutional requirements for unlocking this potential differ from city-to-city and will involve varying combinations of national government, local authorities and community-based entrepreneurs to ensure successful implementation. The forging and strengthening of these institutional hybrids represents a central challenge for Africa’s development community.
|Publication Type||Working Paper|
|Publisher||African Centre for Cities|