Brookings Foresight Africa Report Highlight on Cities
The Bookings Institution's Africa Growth Initiative publishes an annual report on priorities for promoting successful growth and development in Africa for 2016. This year, a diverse set of experts have discussed 6 themes, including the importance of urbanization and cities.
The fourth chapter of the publication, titled "Capitalizing on Urbanization: the Importance of Planning, Infrastructure, and Finance for Africa's Growing Cities," and focuses on
the challenges and opportunities of urbanization in Africa, including in intermediate cities. The article references Habitat III's slogan "It is time to think urban" and calls both for an African vision for its cities, and a focus on the importance of Habitat III. It provides background on the pace of urbanization in Africa and suggests that to successfully harness the potential of the New Urban Agenda, the inhabitants of the city must be at the core of any development strategy.
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