Big Cities Are Changing How Africans Live

By Vaughan Dutton

Big cities appear to have a positive impact on food security and access to drinking water, but they also have a reconfiguring effect on families

African cities are on the rise, and the impact of these is only starting to be understood. While many penetrating insights can be obtained from experts in various fields, it is useful to see what some hard data has to add to the emerging picture. Is increasing urbanisation having a positive effect on African well-being?

Fortunately, data related to this question is readily available. The main components - urbanisation and well-being - are monitored extensively, and related data are available from many sources with high reliability and validity. This extensive monitoring means that there is a range of variables related to these issues and if desired complex modelling could be undertaken.