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Journal of Research in National Development

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Urbanization and Human Development in Sub-Saharen Africa

N Vasher

Abstract


African cities have changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Rising urbanization rates can be found throughout the continent. While this shift is concerting there are certain gains to be seen from these changing dynamics. This paper presents evidence that suggests a positive correlation between human development and these rising urbanization rates. Specifically, the changing nature of African population locations has historically translated into correlative gains in human development. Despite the multiple challenges to measure human development, rising urbanization throughout sub-Saharan African have positively correlated with human development. Governments should seek to understand this relationship in more depth and implement policies that leverage the benefits of increased population densities.

Keywords: Urbanization, Sub-Saharan Africa, Human Development




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