Virtual Book Launch – Urbanization Dynamics in Africa 2022 – The Economic Power of African Cities


What: Virtual book launch

Who: Sahel and West Africa Club, African Development Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

When: April 26, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. GMT (Abidjan)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. GMT+2 (Paris & Johannesburg) / 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. GMT+3 (Addis Ababa)

Where: Virtual – Click here to Register

The Sahel and West Africa Clubthe United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank will jointly host a virtual launch of the 2022 edition of Dynamics of Urbanization in Africa: The Economic Power of African Cities.

The report offers a broad and timely perspective on Africa’s urban economies. Based on data from more than 4 million individuals and businesses in 2,600 cities in 34 countries, it presents compelling evidence that urbanization contributes to better economic outcomes and higher living standards for Africans.

Urbanization accounts for about 30% of growth in gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in Africa. In addition, the gains in economic performance and quality of life resulting from urbanization often extend to small towns and rural areas near cities.

During the virtual launch, the authors of the report will present its key findings and discuss policy implications for national and local governments.

Participants will include Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of AUDA-NEPAD and Honorary President of the Sahel and West Africa Club, Solomon Quaynor, Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, African Development Bank , and Edlam Abera Yemeru, Acting Director, Gender, Poverty and Social Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

The Sahel and West Africa Club is an independent international platform that promotes regional policies to improve the economic and social well-being of the people of the Sahel and West Africa.

the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development hosts its secretariat.

The session will be conducted in English, with French interpretation available.

After the launch event, the report will be available here on April 26, 2022.

Media contacts

African Development Bank: Solange Kamuanga-Tossou | s.kamuanga-tossou@afdb.org

SWAC/OECD: Lia Beyeler | Lia.BEYELER@oecd.org

CEA: Snober Abassi | snober.abassi@un.org

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