Financing Africa’s urban opportunity – the why, what and how of financing Africa’s green cities

Africa’s urban challenges are complex. Cities need tailored, endogenous solutions which work for their residents. It also means that the scale of projected investments to drive compact, connected and clean urban development is varied and depends on country-specific characteristics, as are the challenges of financing these investments.

This report addresses financing Africa’s green urban transition; highlights urban opportunities; makes the economic case for sustainable urban infrastructure investment; and outlines financing solutions for low-carbon urban development applicable to the whole region.

With case studies from three African countries, this report shows how investment in compact, clean and connected, urban development could accelerate growth across the continent and secure more resilient and prosperous lives for their residents.