Enhancing Urban Productivity in Africa

Opticon 1826, Vol. 2, No. 1

9 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2007 Last revised: 22 Sep 2014

Franklin Obeng-Odoom

University of Technology, Sydney

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

While cities in advanced economies contribute 85% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), cities in low income economies, including Africa, contribute only 55% of GDP. This article analyzes the current situation of urban areas in Africa (in particular in Ghana), including facts relating to unemployment, slum population, urban poverty and the make-up and management of municipal finance. In what ways can urban productivity be promoted in Africa? Is it possible to overcome the significant constraints that inhibit the work of city managers?

Keywords: urban, productivity, Africa

Suggested Citation

Obeng-Odoom, Franklin, Enhancing Urban Productivity in Africa (2007). Opticon 1826, Vol. 2, No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1032381

Franklin Obeng-Odoom (Contact Author)

University of Technology, Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NC
Australia

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