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The Opportunities of African Urbanization

The Opportunities of African Urbanization

Sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing an urbanization boom that could see the region emerge as the world’s most urbanized region by 2050.  At present, roughly 40 percent of Africans (south of the Sahara) live in urban areas, defined loosely as cities and large towns, as well as their surrounding areas.  For a continent that was almost entirely rural at the start of the 20th century, this growth is remarkable, putting it ahead of India and nearly on par with China.  And it is predicted to continue; some estimates see Africa as 70 percent urban by 2050.

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