Urban-rural development

  • Body: 
    The World Bank has published the results of a learning outcomes assessment that was carried out in 2014 in ten Francophone African countries, including seven in West Africa. It reveals that, in general, there are still significant gender and social disparities when it comes to access to education in the region. Read on
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    The 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was held in Quito, Ecuador, from 12-20 October. Africa’s housing issues were discussed in several workshops, and one of the panels, organised by the Ghana branch of the Affordable Housing Network, was specifically devoted to West Africa. Read on
  • SWAC: 
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    Co-hosted for the first time by the OECD Development Centre and the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Forum was held on 29 September at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on the topic of, “African cities for Africa’s development.” Laurent Bossard, Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) moderated the debate of Session 1 on the theme, “Urbanisation: An Engine of Transformation for Africa?” Read on
  • Opinion: 
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    In an article posted on the new OECD blog on development, "Development Matters", UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos explains why the challenges of the 21st century require a new concept of urbanisation in Africa. If African cities do not facilitate intra-city movement and do not improve their connections with rural areas, their urbanisation will not support the economic opportunities urbanisation has created elsewhere. Read on