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Africa’s Cities of the Future


Moderator:  Mr. Brian Smith, Head of Banking in Sub Saharan Africa, JP Morgan


  • Sir Paul Collier, Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, UK
  • M. Patrick Jerome Achi, Ministre des Infrastructures Economiques, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Dr. Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Director, Research Department, AfDB, co-author of the book
  • Prof. Ivan Turok from Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), contributor to the book

Rapporteur:  Ms. Nadege Désirée Yameogo, Senior Research Economist, Development Research Department, AfDB, co-author and editor of the book


By 2030, Africa will have 760 million urban residents and that figure is expected to reach 1.2 billion by 2050. This rapid urban growth comes with many challenges and has led to the growth of megacities in Africa. One of the most significant challenges of Africa’s megacities revolve around infrastructure and public services, especially access to clean water, adequate sanitation, reliable electricity, public transport and healthcare. The objective of this side event is to discuss some of these challenges and to find realistic and practical solutions for the future. We will also launch a book on: “Urbanization and Socio-Economic Development in Africa – Challenges and Opportunities”, published by Routledge, and edited by Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Abebe Shimeles, and Nadège Désirée Yaméogo. The book examines important aspects of the urbanization challenges and provides an overview of what has been done so far by governments and development partners in addressing the challenges.