By the turn of the 21st Century, 13 of the world’s largest cities will be in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa, with an urban growth rate of 4.1% per annum, is urbanizing at double the rate of the globe. That’s why it is important to develop and strengthen private, governmental and non-governmental organizations to address the increasing opportunities and challenges African cities face. Africans needs to create/develop the Ubers, Airbnb, Sidewalk Labs, URBAN-X and Urban Us of Africa. Read more at World Economic Forum.
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Africans in the diaspora have a unique role to play in defining the future of African cities. With their unique global experience, they are well positioned to contribute ideas and accelerate the importation of solutions that can help solve African biggest urban challenges: transportation, housing, power, water and sanitation and food security— most Africans in the diaspora live in megalopolis (New York, Paris, London, etc.). This is particularly true for tech-enabled solutions, where technology can help make our current infrastructure more efficient.
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