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    Conference: The future of the African city

    Lipsius and Academiegebouw, Leiden / African Studies Centre, Pieter de la Court building, Leiden

    African cities are growing fast. According to the Global Cities Institute, cities like Dar es Salaam, Kinshasa and Lagos are expected to have over 80 million inhabitants at the end of this century. This conference will be organized in cooperation with African Architecture Matters.

    Even though urbanization is not a new phenomenon, it is becoming increasingly clear that today’s African cities are not equipped to deal with this fast growth. Existing infrastructure is reaching its limits and the unchecked growth of informal settlements is causing problems in the field of governance, health and safety. On the other hand, urbanization can make service delivery more accessible and efficient and many people manage to find or create jobs (in the informal sector) in the city.