The State of African Cities 2014: Re-imagining Sustainable Urban Transitions

This report evaluated the key pressures facing cities in all the sub-regions in Africa, and emphasized the need to make development decisions that respond to both formal and informal systems of trade, housing, land management, service provision and so forth. It proposed that a €˜green urbanism development trajectory that responded to the high levels of poverty and inequality in African cities, as well as the low levels of basic service delivery and infrastructure provisions, be adopted by local, national and regional development actors and agencies. It dealt with the full realm of liveability concerns in African cities, and emphasized the role of the youth as a key resource for transitioning to more sustainable urban living standards, productivity, employment, ecosystems management and governance regimes.

Sustainability in the African Context