Outlining Opportunities for Leveraging Urbanization for Economic Growth in Africa

This policy paper was developed to summarize the potential opportunities of leveraging urbanization for economic growth in Africa and to highlight priority areas of engagement for a future joint UNDP/UNHABITAT task force on urbanization. Furthermore, the paper provides a comprehensive but summarized shopping list of ideas to build a framework of action for the mentioned task force. It identifies key players and partners in the Africa region working on urbanization issues for designing sustainable partnerships and engaging in transformative collaboration in Africa. It lays out a strategy to advance collaboration and partnership with UN-Habitat at the regional and country level, UN-Habitat acting as the technical partner and UNDP as the development partner. This policy paper will guide the joint efforts of the two sister UN agencies in providing support through a regional programme guiding transformational development plans and policies at the country level.