Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing rapid population growth. Yet their economic growth has not kept pace. Why? One factor might be low capital investment, due in part to Africa’s relative poverty: Other regions have reached similar stages of urbanization at higher per capita GDP. In this lecture Somik Lall from the World Bank discusses a deeper reason: African cities are closed to the world. Compared with other developing cities, cities in Africa produce few goods and services for trade on regional and international markets. To grow economically as they are growing in size, Africa’s cities must open their doors to the world. They need to specialize in manufacturing, along with other regionally and globally tradable goods and services. And to attract global investment in tradables production, cities must develop scale economies, which are associated with successful urban economic development in other regions.
At the end of the 2nd season, the Global Urban Lectures had 50,000 views, was used in university courses across the world, had been mentioned independently as one of the best MOOCs on cities and was in the process of being translated to Arabic. The 3rd season builds on this success and provides a direction towards discussing Open Data, from varied angles encompassing everything from slum upgrading and GIS data to urban mobility and finance. For the full packages, which also include audio files, synopsis, biographies and additional reading materials, go to www.unhabitat.org/urbanlectures
Continuing the success of the first season, the Global Urban Lectures continues to gather and share the expertise of UN-Habitat associated experts and urban stakeholders. The free online lecture packages now in addition to the short lectures, synopsis and links to ind-depth study also includes the option of downloading the series as mp3's. We welcome you to use the full resources for each lecture, available at www.unhabitat.org/urbanlectures! Contact: UNI@unhabitat.org
The Global Urban Lecture Series is a free online resource for global academia and researchers in their work towards sustainable urban development. For the full packages, see http://unhabitat.org/urban-knowledge-2/urban-lectures/. Each lecture comes with a package of associated material: bio of the speaker, synopsis and related links. The lecturers have been recruited from UN-Habitat's partners as well as associated experts working on UN-Habitat's focus areas.