Africa’s Urban Planning Lags Behind Its Growth


Africa is rapidly urbanizing but central city development is not keeping pace.

At the center of a major African capital city like Kampala or Uganda— where you would find skyscrapers in New York City—it is not uncommon to find a farmer tending to his plot of maize. This land is potentially the most lucrative, so why is it being used for such low productivity purposes? Africa is urbanizing rapidly: Cities like Kampala are predicted to triple by the year 2050. According to estimates, two thirds of the urban topography that Africa will have in 2050 will be built during the next three decades, yet planning is lagging behind city growth.


An efficient city is dense at its core. This encourages connectivity between firms, work forces, the goods and services they need for production, and their…

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