Africa is projected to have the fastest urban growth rate in the world: by 2050, Africa’s
cities will be home to an additional 950 million people. Much of this growth is taking
place in small and medium-sized towns. Africa’s urban transition offers great opportunities
but it also poses significant challenges. Urban agglomerations are developing most
often without the benefit of policies or investments able to meet these challenges.
Urban planning and management are therefore key development issues. Understanding
urbanisation, its drivers, dynamics and impacts is essential for designing targeted,
inclusive and forward-looking policies at local, national and continental levels.
This report, based on the Africapolis geo-spatial database (www.africapolis.org) covering
7 600 urban agglomerations in 50 African countries, provides detailed analyses of
major African urbanisation dynamics placed within historical, environmental and political
contexts. Covering the entire distribution of the urban network — from small towns
and secondary cities to large metropolitan regions — it develops more inclusive and
targeted policy options that integrate local, national and regional scales of urban
development in line with African realities.
Published on February 07, 2020Also available in: French