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well-managed urban development in Africa increase access to basic services and
reduce aggregate infrastructure investment costs? New cities creation is
directly linked to Development as it can unlock the power of its urbanization
process for improved economic, social, and environmental outcomes, while
avoiding locking in the disadvantages of dysfunctional, unplanned urbanization.
cities have been introduced in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Mozambique.
There is an opportunity to develop Africa’s
cities and a national network of urban centers which are compact, connected,
and coordinated (the 3Cs model). This approach can enhance evolution,
productivity and attractiveness while reducing infrastructure costs and
increasing access to services through agglomeration and better distribution of
activity, helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and making sure
the International commitments are met.
evidence also suggests compact, connected urban development can be more
inclusive, cleaner, resilient, quieter, and safer, if undertaken in the right
way. Many African countries risk creating a sprawling and uncompetitive urban
structure with high infrastructure costs. As their continue to be unplanned as
recent investigation by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine said that
overcrowded cities can lead people to “congregate in slums with little or
no electricity” which “fuel extremism and chaos.”.
The question is, when do the African states need to start embarking on their new city development aligned to their national and international development goals? It is good to note that Africa is not that bad if you know what your cities need to take off and make development.
is our expectation of the new cities in Africa?
1. Regional integration of infrastructure for enhanced trading with its neighbors, through investment in transport infrastructure.
2. Secondary city development in the strategic economic corridors that is focused on both economic zoning and regional balance, reducing the current pressure on the capital cities.
3. A focus on enhanced productivity and formal job creation within urban centers.
4. Improving competitiveness for growth and jobs, and connecting it to other growing cities.EPRC Report
Can we then predict that Cities will be the trigger for Africa’s Development?