|STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS FOR A NEW AFRICA URBAN AGENDA: CONTRIBUTING TO THE SDGS AND PREPARING FOR HABITAT III
|Africa is the least urbanized region of the world with an urban population of only 38 per cent, but with the fastest urban growth rate at 4.5 per cent. Current projections indicate that Africa's urban population will double within the next 20 years, as a result of rural-urban migration, natural population growth, and the reclassification of peri-urban areas as urban areas.
However, the phenomenon of urbanization is neither given priority by national governments - politicians, bureaucrats and technocrats - nor fully grasped by the population at large. This neglect is revealed in the failure by African policy makers to prioritize urbanization challenges and harness cities as drivers of development. Urbanization carries on without concurrent economic development and without systematic urban planning, which leads to urban poverty and chaotic physical expansion. Urban centres are expanding without adequate planning and yet there is no appreciable drive by relevant government departments to carry everyone along with their plans for addressing the urban challenges. Read more...