Development Centre

Experts’ Meeting on “Sustainable cities and structural transformation in Africa”



African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2016 Experts’ Meeting on

Sustainable cities and structural transformation in Africa"

on 8 and 9 October 2015 



The aim of the meeting is to explore ways in which African cities can become positive drivers of the continent’s structural transformation, in the context of the multiple challenges identified in the 2015 edition of the AEO on Regional Development and Spatial Inclusion, as well as in previous editions. Particular emphasis will be placed on job creation, access to quality services, and mitigating the environmental externalities of agglomeration, amidst fast demographic growth and a lack of resources and institutions for urban planning.

The ambition of the Centre and its partners is (i) to support the rolling out of the First Ten Years Implementation Plan (2014-2023) of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, adopted at the AU Summit in June 2015, especially its objective of increasing urban investments under Aspiration 1: A Prosperous Africa based on inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development; and (ii) support the implementation of SDG 11 to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.