The Cities Alliance Africa Think Tank: Clare Short on investing in Africa’s future

Johannesburg, sunrise

Agenda 2063—The Africa We Want is a flagship campaign of the African Union. This policy argues for using the opportunity offered by urbanisation and the demographic shift to fulfil the vision of an African renaissance. With urbanisation firmly on the agenda across Africa there is a need for a constructive policy dialogue on what exactly urbanisation in Africa might mean. To support such a process the Cities Alliance secretariat has awarded a grant to the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town to establish an independent think tank dedicated to this issue.

” The organization of slum dwellers might be the labour movement of this era.” – Clare Short

In this video Clare Short, Chair of the Cities Alliance Policy Advisory Board, talks about how a mobilised population could result in leaps in development across Africa. She places Africa within the context of industrial revolutions, highlighting that sustained positive urban growth and employment has historically been provided by great increases in industry. This has not yet happened in much of Africa, but she sees great potential for the continent to leap ahead if urban and economic development is handled with foresight and long-term planning.


For more on the Cities Alliance Africa Think Tank read this post.

Photo: Johannesburg via wikimedia contributor Dylan Harbour.



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