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The future of African cities : challenges and priorities for urban development, Volume 1
Author:Farvacque-Vitkovic, Catherine; Godin, Lucien; Country:Chad; Senegal; Congo, Democratic Republic of ; Burkina Faso; Congo, Republic of; Rwanda; Seychelles; Guinea; Mali; Mauritania; Central African Republic; Cameroon; Togo; Gabon; Djibouti; Mauritius; Burundi; Benin; Niger; Madagascar; Cote d'Ivoire;
Date Stored:1998/11/17Document Date:1998/08/31
Document Type:PublicationSubTopics:Urban Housing and Land Settlements; Urban Services to the Poor; Municipal Financial Management; National Urban Development Policies & Strategies
ISBN:ISBN 0-8213-3886-2Language:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Urban DevelopmentRegion:Africa
Report Number:18408Sub Sectors:Other Urban Development
Collection Title:Directions in developmentVolume No:1

Summary: The massive migration of people from rural into urban areas is the most spectacular gemographic upheaval that Africa has experienced in recent decades. While Africa was 80 percent rural at the time of independence, its rate of urbanization now stands at 50 percent, and the trend is expected to continue over the coming years. This book surveys 25 years of experience in the urban development sector in Francophone Africa and suggests an agenda for future, focusing on the fundamental questions: What should be the priority areas of action under future urban projects? Who should be the partners? Where should urban investments be made, and how should they be financed? This book proposes a priority agenda for the urban sector in the region. The basic principles underpinning the approach to the framework for intervention are: a) find simple solutions to complex problems; b) don't lose sight of the beneficiaries; and c) choose the right partners. Chapter 5 suggests some operational tools covering urban planning, land management, urban finance, taxation, and municipal contracts.

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