Inbjudan till presentation av Africa Economic Outlook 2016
Sida välkomnar dig till en presentation av Africa Economic Outlook (AOC) 2016 på temat ”Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation”, i samarbete med OECD Development Centre.
When: Wednesday, 23 November
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Hörsalen (Auditorium)
Sida is pleased to invite you to a presentation of the Africa Economic Outlook (AOC) 2016, which is co-authored by the OECD Development Centre, the African Development Bank and UNDP. This event is organised and hosted by Sida’s Department for Africa (AFRIKA) and the Department for International Organisations and Policy Support (INTEM).
Africa’s economic performance held firm in 2015 amid global headwinds and regional shocks. The continent remained the second fastest growing economic region after East Asia. The continent is also urbanising at a historically rapid pace coupled with an unprecedented demographic boom: the population living in cities has doubled from 1995 to 472 million in 2015. This phenomenon is unlike what other regions, such as Asia, experienced and is currently accompanied by slow structural transformation. Urbanisation is a megatrend transforming African societies profoundly. Two-thirds of the investments in urban infrastructure until 2050 have yet to be made. The scope is large for new, wide-ranging urban policies to turn African cities and towns into engines of growth and sustainable development for the continent as a whole. If harnessed by adequate policies, urbanisation can help advance economic development through higher agricultural productivity, industrialisation, services stimulated by the growth of the middle class, and foreign direct investment in urban corridors. It also can promote social development through safer and inclusive urban housing and robust social safety nets. Finally, it can further sound environmental management by addressing the effects of climate change as well as the scarcity of water and other natural resources, controlling air pollution, developing clean cost-efficient public transportation systems, improving waste collection, and increasing access to energy.
The emerging common African position on urban development and major global policy frameworks (e.g., Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the New Urban Agenda) all provide the opportunity to begin moulding ambitious urbanisation policies into concrete strategies for Africa’s structural transformation. The development community needs to invest in building economic opportunities, especially those of women of which 92% work in the informal sector. Cities and towns have a key role to play in that process, but only if governments take bold policy action, and if stakeholders and institutional partners can contribute with sustainable and well-integrated actions.
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