A report on the Dynamics of Urbanization in Africa has been released. A document reviewed, among other things, the rapid growth of large African cities over the past thirty years, better access to services, jobs and infrastructure to millions of city dwellers despite small localities.
A study of 2,600 cities in 34 countries on the continent. Thus, he said that the performance of urban areas in Africa has exceeded that of other areas in their countries while showing higher margins than in other parts of the world.
However, according to the Director General of the development agency and the African Union, « despite the growth of 500 million people over the past 30 years, cities have maintained their economic performance while providing several hundred million people with increased access to decent jobs and quality infrastructure in a context of very limited public aid and investment.
In addition, the report noted that urbanization has accounted for about 30% of Africa’s per capita GDP growth over the past two decades, contributing to economic transformation in urban areas, where skilled workers constitute 36% of the labor force compared to 15% in rural areas, as well as access to financial services.