Past eventResearch Event

African Economic Outlook 2016: Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation

30 June 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Arthur Minsat, Economist, Africa, Europe and the Middle-East, OECD Development Centre
Dr Deborah Potts, Reader in Human Geography, King's College London
Chair: Lanre Akinola, Editor, African Business, IC Publications



Africa is one of the most rapidly urbanizing regions in the world and the UN projects that by 2050, 56% of the population will be urban. While opening considerable opportunities for the development of vibrant and sustainable cities for structural transformation, this relies on new urban policies to contribute to the acceleration of economic, social and environmental development. But job creation and quality public service provision are not keeping pace with the high rates of urbanization. Strategies to provide clarification of land rights, better infrastructure and services, and better management of growth of intermediary cities are vital.

At this event, which will launch the OECD’s latest report, African Economic Outlook 2016: Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation, the speakers will discuss the challenges resulting from unplanned urbanization and options for the development and implementation of new urbanization policies.