30 Nov 2016
- 20 Oct 2016Topics:Body:The 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was held in Quito, Ecuador, from 12-20 October. Africa’s housing issues were discussed in several workshops, and one of the panels, organised by the Ghana branch of the Affordable Housing Network, was specifically devoted to West Africa.
- 29 Sep 2016Body:Co-hosted for the first time by the OECD Development Centre and the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Forum was held on 29 September at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on the topic of, “African cities for Africa’s development.” Laurent Bossard, Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) moderated the debate of Session 1 on the theme, “Urbanisation: An Engine of Transformation for Africa?”
- 08 Jun 2016Opinion:Body:In an article posted on the new OECD blog on development, "Development Matters", UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos explains why the challenges of the 21st century require a new concept of urbanisation in Africa. If African cities do not facilitate intra-city movement and do not improve their connections with rural areas, their urbanisation will not support the economic opportunities urbanisation has created elsewhere.
- Body:Africa is the least urbanised continent in the world but an urban transition is very much underway. This is particularly visible in West Africa where the number of urban agglomerations increased from 152 in 1950 to almost 2 000 in 2010. Today towns and cities are home to 41% of the region’s total population.