In this module, you will find examples from cities across Africa where people are successfully improving their lives by recycling rubbish, regenerating wasteland, and making city living healthier.
Of Africa’s 1.2 billion people, there are already 400 million people living in cities, which are growing faster than anywhere else in the world. City living may be the future for humankind, but it can be a tough life. All cities have areas that are overcrowded and dangerous, with dirty air and water. Over 70% of Africa’s city dwellers live in slums or shanty towns. With so many people trying to live in the same area, jobs are not easy to find and there are high demands for basic facilities like water supplies and waste disposal. The challenges of urban living include getting enough clean water, fresh food and sustainable energy, whilst finding safe and efficient ways to deal with the waste produced by millions of people.