The state of African cities 2014: Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions

Marlene Laros and Freda Jones

The current report is the third in The State of African. Cities series. The first, The State of African Cities 2008: A framework for addressing urban challenges in Africa, was explorative and analyzed general urban conditions and trends and identified benchmarks. It drew the attention to the rapid future growth of African cities and towns; to the apparent inability of local authorities to deal with present, let alone future urban population increases; and to the need for Africa to prepare for new urban configurations very different from the traditional concepts that see a city as an urban area within a clearly defined boundary and governed by a single municipal authority.