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Urban Areas

Africa is projected to have the fastest urban growth rate in the world — by 2050, Africa’s cities will be home to an additional 950 million people. Urban planning and management are essential development challenges. Understanding urbanisation, its drivers, dynamics and impacts, is key to designing targeted, inclusive and foward-looking policies at the local, national and continental levels. Africapolis data and evidence supports cities and governments to make urban areas more inclusive, productive and sustainable. This map of urban population covers 7 500 agglomerations in 50 countries for the base year 2015.


The regularity, the detail and the reliability of the data sources vary from country to country, and from period to period. The single most important element is official population records (census data); the last available records date back 30 years or more in certain cases, and often more than ten.

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