There’s been an explosion of Africa’s urban population in the last few decades, yet the infrastructure to base growth on is commonly lacking. As a result, over 60% of Africa’s urban population growth is in slums. Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is home to 12 million people – more than London. Yet it’s only the third largest city in Africa. In the mid 1950s, there were no cities south of the Sahara with a population of more than 1 million people, yet today there are dozens.
Click the picture below to read an article which suggests that as long as the developing world’s cities close themselves off to the world outside, becoming more secure, stable, productive, and wealthy will be hard to achieve.