Title Which Way to Livable and Productive Cities?
Subtitle A Road Map for Sub-Saharan Africa
Author Kirsten Hommann, Somik V. Lall
ISBN 9781464814051
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 56
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher The World Bank
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For African cities to grow economically as they have grown in size, they must create productive environments to attract investments, increase economic efficiency, and create livable environments that prevent urban costs from rising with increased population densification. What are the central obstacles that prevent African cities and towns from becoming sustainable engines of economic growth and prosperity? Among the most critical factors that limit the growth and livability of urban areas are land markets, investments in public infrastructure and assets, and the institutions to enable both. To unleash the potential of African cities and towns for delivering services and employment in a way that is livable and environmentally friendly, a sequenced approach is needed to reform institutions and policies, and to target infrastructure investments. This book lays out three foundations that need fixing to guide cities and towns throughout Sub-Saharan Africa on their way to productivity and livability.



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Overview • Main messages • References

Chapter 1: Cities and Towns Are Growing, yet the Potential Benefits of Urbanization Remain Distant • Sub-Saharan Africa is urbanizing, while poor and low wealth mean weak institutions and lagging investments • Urbanization has not been associated with the economic growth experienced elsewhere • Urbanization has done little to reduce poverty in most Sub-Saharan countries, because most urban population growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is a natural effect of fertility, not an economic pull inducing migration • Neither large cities nor small towns are livable or productive, and midsized cities are missing • Environmental policies lag behind, making livability an even more distant goal • Notes • References

Chapter 2: Three Pillars on the Road toward Livable and Productive Cities: Working Land Markets, Effective Urban Planning, and Financing for Public Investments • Making land markets work—planned, but demand-driven • Strong planning and regulation • Infrastructure investments—sustainably financed and more efficient • Notes • References

Chapter 3: Knowledge Gaps

About the Author:

Somik Vinay Lall is the World Bank’s Global Lead on Territorial Development Solutions and its Lead Economist for Urban Development in Africa. He heads a World Bank global research program on urbanization and spatial development and founded the Bank’s urbanization reviews program. He is an expert on development policy related to urban and territorial competitiveness, agglomeration and clusters, infrastructure, and impact evaluation, with more than 18 years’ experience in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He was a core member of the team that wrote the World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography; a senior economic counselor to the Indian prime minister’s National Transport Development Policy Committee; and the lead author of the World Bank’s flagship report on urbanization Planning, Connecting, and Financing Cities Now. His work focuses on “place-shaping policies” around cities, clusters, and corridors and the functioning of factor and product markets. He has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Target Audience:

This book will be useful to people interested in urban development and infrastructure economics.

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