Surging Slums

Rapid urbanization in Africa—without economic growth to match—funnels people into slums that trap them in poverty, reports Obi Anyadike.

The urban poor across the continent, collected in cities set to grow from around 400 million to more than 1.26 billion in the next 2 decades, have been ignored for too long, he warns.

Unaccompanied by adequate job opportunities and infrastructure, these cities are challenging to administer, “dependent on government subsidies and often seemingly unwilling to change, typically ringfenced by archaic laws and vested interests,” and highly vulnerable to disasters and the risks compounded by climate change, Anyadike writes, underscoring an urgent need for reform.


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