By Nicolas Ronderos, Economic Development Consultant
In Togo, Lomé’s growth beyond its administrative borders makes delivering services and coordinating with adjacent localities difficult. A new metropolitan urban planning framework is being developed to address this issue. In April of this year the central government approved a plan for Grand Lomé that seeks to address urban, housing, transport and social services issues at the agglomeration level. The Grand Lomé plan seeks to coordinate among local urbanisation plans by providing an overall governance framework that enables coherence among local policies within the agglomeration and with other actors.
As Lomé and other growing cities show, urbanisation brings together local populations, governments and other actors in continuous regions. It creates spillover effects that require localities to co-operate and coordinate to resolve problems often delimited by regional economic geographies that don’t correspond to the political and administrative boundaries of subnational governments. This issue specifically is relevant for Africa where the future will see an increase in metropolitan tensions as more and more people live in agglomerations, which include by definition “the city or town proper and also the suburban fringe or thickly settled territory lying outside, but adjacent to, its boundaries.”
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