Better Growth, Better Cities: Rethinking and Redirecting Urbanisation in Africa

 ACC is proud to announce the publication of: Better Growth, Better Cities: Rethinking and Redirecting Urbanisation in Africa, by Anton Cartwright.

It was an input to the 2015 African Progress Report launched by Kofi Annan in June.

This report suggests that while the rapid pace of urbanisation in Africa’s cities creates difficulties, it also offers an enormous economic opportunity. Because so much of Africa’s urban environment is yet to be built and serviced, the continent has the chance to become a world leader in more productive, low-carbon urban development. Overcoming finance barriers and promoting effective governance and long-term planning will require a concerted effort, but the evidence demonstrates that low carbon investments can create urban services which meet basic human needs, draw on new and increasingly affordable technologies, and generate virtuous cycles of work, mobility, energy, health and income at the local scale.

 

The publication is downloadable here.