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Policy Dialogue on Financing Cities


Implementing the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11. This high-level event will discuss how financing and other implementation tools can help bring about various components of the New Urban Agenda. It will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.


Africa Human Development Report 2016


The report analyses the political, economic and social drivers that hamper African women’s advancement and proposes policies and concrete actions to close the gender gap.


African Economic Outlook 2016 launched in Nigeria


The 2016 African Economic Outlook (AEO) was launched by the Nigeria Country Office of the African Development Bank at an outreach event held at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.


Africa’s urbanisation and structural transformation


By Patrick Love We don’t know the name, or the place and exact date of birth, of the baby who changed world history. My guess is that she was born somewhere in Africa in 2007. Not that she cared as she lay there all wrinkled and raging at the disagreeable turn her life had just taken, but it was thanks to her that for the first time ever, the world had more urban dwellers than country folk.


Integrating the local and global urban agendas


David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden In October, world leaders will gather in Quito for the Habitat III summit to launch the New Urban Agenda. This is on top of the start this year of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is odd that to date these two vitally important global urban initiatives led by the United Nations have been kept separate. It would be far more logical and extremely valuable, however, to link them by using SDG 11, the urban goal, as a monitoring and evaluation framework for the New Urban Agenda.


How China’s Rebalancing Affects Africa’s Development Finance … and More


By Helmut Reisen of Shifting Wealth Consulting and former Head of Research at the OECD Development Centre 2015 has been a challenging year for Africa. Average growth of African economies weakened in 2015 to 3.6%, down from an average annual 5% enjoyed since 2000. Total financial flows have decreased 12.8% to USD 188.8 billion, including UNCTAD estimates for foreign direct investment. Africa´s tax-GDP ratio tumbled to 17.9%, down from 18.7% in 2014.

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Africa: economic transformation hinges on unlocking potential of cities, says the African Economic Outlook 2016

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