AFRICA123

Africa123 is a communiTgrow initiative to catalyse 1, 2 or 3 new sustainable regenerative cities in each of the 52 African countries over the next 35 years, creating 108 new cities across Africa while impacting hundreds of millions of lives.

This initiative will help to alleviate the burden of fierce urbanization that grips Africa through massive scale creation of jobs, housing, education & healthcare. There is no project of this scale on the African continent today and arguably across the whole of the world over this time frame. Its fulfilment will have significant impact on nearly all of the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations and will contribute to kick-starting the long promised potential of Africa-wide Economic Transformation.

 


 

AFRICAN URBANIZATION OPPORTUNITY

Africa
By 2050, a billion more Africans will be born, bringing the total African population to 2 billion, of which 70% will be living in urban areas. Current African cities are grossly inadequate, unable to deal with this urbanization onslaught. This onslaught and the modernization of Africa is not a tomorrow project. The time to identify, plan and build each new city is at hand. There is an urgent need to build 1, 2 or 3 new cities in every African country.

South Africa
communiTgrow Africa was established to address the needs of the rapid urbanization of Cape Town. In so doing, a regenerative solution to building sustainable modern African cities was developed. It is a model which addresses affordable housing and unemployment. It ensures water, food and energy security. It focuses on education and healthcare. And importantly, it proposes transparent local governance by and for the residents of each new African city.  This approach is relevant to the 4 large cities and the 4 secondary cities in South Africa which face similar challenges.

An Urban Agenda for Africa
Africa123 is an initiative to develop 1, 2 or 3 new sustainable regenerative cities across the 52 African countries over the next 35 years, targeting the development of 88 new communiTgrow cities across Africa, impacting hundreds of millions of lives, and driving infrastructure based sustainable economic development. This initiative will help to alleviate the burden of fierce urbanization that grips Africa through massive scale creation of jobs, housing, education & healthcare. There is no project of this scale on the African continent today and arguably across the world over this time frame. Its fulfilment will have significant impact on nearly all of the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations, Agenda 2063 and the AfDB High 5’s, and along with major infrastructure development, the potential of Africa-wide Economic Structural Transformation.

African Urbanization Opportunity
By 2050, a billion more Africans will be born, bringing the total African population to 2 billion, of which 70% will be living in urban areas. Current African cities are unable to deal with this urbanization onslaught, and as Africans we should not miss the opportunity to leverage this continental demand driver to create structural transformation, utilizing city scale development as the transformative infrastructure. This onslaught and the modernization of Africa is not a tomorrow project. The time to identify, plan and build each new city is at hand. There is an urgent need to build 1, 2 or 3 new cities across a number of African countries.

AFRICA123: Strategy
Africa has shown resilience through recent global economic downturns and is gaining economic momentum. As communiTgrow, we applaud the traction attained in building major economic infrastructure, and have initiated AFRICA123 as a complementary plan to fast track developmental impact, whilst simultaneously achieving sustainable and regenerative economies at city scale.

Major infrastructure developments are focused on macro level utility to increase competitiveness and capacity of African countries in order to stimulate economic growth and social development. As these projects are typically Government initiated, we acknowledge a focus on the macro view of their respective countries. In many cases with transnational infrastructure, a regional perspective is adopted. Our perspective is bottom up and private sector driven, complementary to the macro outlook. We focus on the development of micro-economies at city scale, while simultaneously deep diving into the meso and meta economics of functional relationships between the levels of the economy of a country, a region and the continent.

The evolution of the global economy provides us with support and empirical evidence for our AFRICA123 strategy, based upon the contribution to global GDP by cities.

communiTgrow facilitates the development of new modern regenerative cities across Africa, premised on the communiTgrow approach outlined in detail in our book, 2 BILLION STRONG.

communiTgrow facilitates and co-ordinates the planning, design and implementation of multiple African urban economies and new urban settlements. The communiTgrow philosophy is based on a 6 pillar model as a foundational approach to contextualise and achieve sustainable developments. This approach ensures an alignment with demand factors and dynamics of cultural, political, social and economic systems specific to each location, each regions and to the continent.