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African Cities: Key Challenges and Rising Urbanization

KMG Africa

Under the theme “Delivering on Africa’s Promise”, the 23rd World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa will provide an important platform for regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to deepen the continent’s integration agenda and renew commitment to a sustainable path of growth and development.

Following on from The role of cities in Africa’s rise and The emergence of the African city, we look at the key challenges in cities and rising urbanization. While megacities like Lagos and Kinshasa have captured the world’s attention through their size and impressive rates of growth – both will overtake Cairo to become the two largest cities in Africa within the next few years.

Apart from Africa’s megacities, a next generation is emerging quickly. Cities like Luanda, Nairobi, and Addis Ababa are some of the fastest growing cities on the continent, driving dynamism and progressive change for their countries and Africa as a whole. These are the new investment locations and centers of innovation that are inspiring the next phase of exponential growth in Africa.

Bill Jong-Ebot