The urban growth rate is projected to be 3.4% in Africa between 2015 and 2020 © 123RF
The urban growth rate is projected to be 3.4% in Africa between 2015 and 2020 © 123RF

African countries need to strengthen urban planning

posted by Charlie Hart
6 December 2018

Improved urban planning can manage the potential of Africa’s increasing urbanisation and address current challenges.

A report on sustainable development has revealed that Africa is the fastest urbanising region globally, with 40% of the continent currently urban. The urban growth rate between 2015 to 2020 is projected to be 3.4%, but despite the rapid transformation, much urbanisation is “unplanned and poorly managed”.

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