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Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326632

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326632.001.0001

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Rapid urbanization and the growing demand for urban infrastructure in Africa

Rapid urbanization and the growing demand for urban infrastructure in Africa

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(p.89) Two Rapid urbanization and the growing demand for urban infrastructure in Africa
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Infrastructure in Africa
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Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Tito Yepes

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326632.003.0003

Africa is undergoing a rapid urban transition and is set to be the fastest urbanizing region in the coming decades. This shift has profound implications for achieving the continental and global targets for inclusive growth and transformation. Theory and global experience show that urbanization and structural transformation are closely linked—but less so in Africa. Urbanization in many African countries has not been driven by improving agricultural productivity. Indeed, most countries are urbanizing rapidly amid declining or stagnant industrial output and low agricultural productivity. The infrastructure development agenda has to make cities more productive and liveable yet with great reliance on the provision of sizable resources. However, matching the investment agenda to the goals of urbanization is a complex task, encompassing regional, national, urban, and rural dimensions which together determine the quality of the urbanization process. Institutional reforms should be undertaken to positively drive urbanization in Africa.

Keywords:   urbanisation, infrastructure, liveable cities, inclusive growth, Africa

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