Africa’s Future Is Urban


Yes, we all kinda knew that, didn’t we? That’s not to say there’s nothing for rural, but there’s economy in cities.

A recent report, the African Futures paper, by Julia Bello-Schünemann and Ciara Aucoin of the Institute for Security Studies has brought to light some big numbers. The report forecasts that in 2030, Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa will each have to cater for over 20 million people, while Luanda, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg will have crossed the 10 million mark.

Africa’s urban population is the fastest growing globally. In less than 20 years from now every second person in Africa is likely to live in a town or a city.

What does this look like?




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