Browsing: Millennium Development Goal

  • Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s fastest urbanizing region
  • By 2050, 75 per cent of the global population will be living in urban centres
  • Migration is significantly contributing to Africa’s urban growth as people move from rural areas

By 2050, 75 per cent of the global population will be living in urban centres with sub-Saharan Africa being the world’s fastest urbanizing region.

This is according to a 2014 report by the United Nations Population Division which projected that most of this urban growth will be concentrated in Africa and Asia.

But, is Africa ready for this growth?

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Migration and urbanisation

Migration is significantly contributing to Africa’s urban growth as people move from rural areas in search of better economic opportunities. Some are also fleeing the effects of environmental degradation which has led to lost livelihoods for those who rely on agriculture.

As the …