The Urban Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Threat to Human Security and Sustainable Development

Hove,M. Ngwerume, E. Muchemwa, C. 2013. The Urban Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Threat to Human Security and Sustainable Development. Stability  Journal

Urban centres have existed and have been evolving for many centuries across the world. However, the accelerated growth of urbanisation is a relatively recent phenomenon. The enormous size of urban populations and more significantly, the rapidity with which urban areas have been and are growing in many developing countries have severe social, economic and physical repercussions. This paper argues that the accelerated growth of urbanisation has amplified the demand for key services. However, the provision of shelter and basic services such as water and sanitation, education, public health, employment and transport has not kept pace with this increasing demand. Furthermore, accelerated and poorly managed urbanisation has resulted in various types of atmospheric, land and water pollution thereby jeopardising human security. This paper offers the conclusion that the increased environmental, social and economic problems associated with rapid urbanisation pose a threat to sustainable development, human security and, crucially, peace.

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Publication Type Journal article
Publisher Stability
Year 2013
Author(s) Mediel Hove , Emmaculate Ngwerume, Cyprian Muchemwa
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    […] This paper argues that the accelerated growth of urbanisation has amplified the demand for key services. However, the provision of shelter and basic services such as water and sanitation, education, public health, employment and transport has not kept pace with this increasing demand.  […]

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