Urban Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Do We Need to Know?

  • DATE / TIME:
    2022•02•01    16:00 - 17:00

    On 1 February at 16:00 (UTC+2), Professor Diana Mitlin will join UNU-WIDER Research Fellow Michael Danquah for the UNU-WIDER Webinar Series event, “Urban Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Do We Need to Know?

    It is now widely accepted that urban areas are rife with inadequate livelihood opportunities and considerable poverty. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of those working in the urban economy, with unaffordable and unavailable essential services as well as lockdowns preventing the mobility that is essential for economic activities.

    But while the additional costs incurred by both households and companies through inadequate public service provision are now recognised, improvements have not been delivered. As such, increases in productivity remain a major challenge for urban economies.

    While development economics is a well-established field, relatively little attention has been paid to urban economies in the Global South. This webinar will go over important issues in urban economies and related research in sub-Saharan Africa.

    For more information and to register, visit the UNU-WIDER website.