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17:00 - 18:30 28 January 2016

Africa’s urban paradox: Mobilities, economies and aspirations


Institute of Advanced Studies | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr. Caroline Wanjiku Kihato

It is commonplace these days to say that Africa’s cities are growing rapidly. In fact, some analysts contend that this transition from a rural to an urban society is the fastest experienced in modern history. While there is some dispute over how fast cities are growing, there is no question that significant economic, social and political transformations are shaping Africans’ everyday lives. Drawing on statistical and qualitative evidence, this talk will show that while cities face significant economic, infrastructure and governance challenges they remain integral to the continent’s growth. Without cities, Africa’s economic prospects are bleak. And, even as cities struggle to provide adequate urban services, they nevertheless act as protective buffers for Africa’s households, providing social infrastructure that supports life in both urban and rural areas. The talk concludes with an agenda for sustainable and inclusive African urban policies.

Supported by UCL Grand Challenges.


Kasia Diez
+44 (0)20 7679 8585 | k.diez@ucl.ac.uk