The controversial effects of villagization in Ethiopia and the role of the EU in Africa’s urbanization

Vittorio Capici stresses the importance of urbanization and the implications this process brings with itself. In this blog the author picks Ethiopia and the ‘Villagization program’ as a case study to further his analysis.

Philanthropy and Africa’s demographic growth: Finding allies to support the potential of young people

Emmanuel de Groof and Sanne Thijssen suggest that political leaders can find allies in philanthropists – and vice versa – to open the dialogue on family planning and to drive the potential of African youth. Population growth is in itself not a problem; however, it can become one when a country’s economy and infrastructure do not follow suit.

Where cities can take Africa – “Frontiers in development policy meeting series”

The event is organized in collaboration with Cities Alliance and will explore how the EU external action towards urban development in Africa will evolve, after decades of “good governance” reforms that largely failed to address Africa’s urban challenges. It will map relevant urban trends in the continent, good local practices and current EU tools, facilitate exchange of ideas about co-produced policy, and imagine urban futures.