Africa's Urban Realities: Better Cities for an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Continent


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
7 February 2020

Africa will continue to have the fastest urban growth in the world. The continent’s population is projected to double between now and 2050 and two-thirds of this growth will be absorbed by urban areas. This means that in the next 30 years Africa’s cities will be home to an additional 950 million people. This urban transition is profoundly transforming the social, economic, environmental and political geography of the continent. This offers great opportunities, but also challenges for African citizens, businesses and governments.

The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD) are co-organising an event on “Africa’s Urban Realities: Better Cities for an Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Continent.”

Held on the margins of the 33rd African Union Summit, the event will launch the new flagship report, Africa’s Urbanisation Dynamics 2020: Africapolis, Mapping a New Urban Geography. Produced by SWAC/OECD, the report highlights the diverse and multifaceted nature of Africa’s contemporary urban transition — a diversity which is rarely captured in existing analyses and narratives.


When: 7 February 2020

Time: 10h00 to 12h30

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Kazanchis Business District Kirkos Subcity 17/18)

The launch of the report will be followed by a high-level panel session with government representatives and local authorities as well as stakeholders from international organisations.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Ibrahim Mayaki – CEO of the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD
  • H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko –Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Comission
  • H.E. Carolina Cerqueira, Minister of State for Social Affairs, Republic of Angola
  • H.E. Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission
  • H.E. Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi – Secretary-General, United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) Africa 
  • Mr Philipp Heinrigs – Senior Economist, Sahel and West Africa Club
  • Mr Ahmed Aziz Diallo – MP, Mayor of Dori, Burkina Faso
  • Ms Wanjira Mathai – Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute
  • Ms Thokozile Ruzvidzo – Director of the Gender, Poverty and Social Policy Division, United Nations ECA
  • Ms Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, OBE – Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Dr François Paul Yatta, Director of Programmes, UCLG Africa


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