oa Africa Insight - Medium-sized towns and African development

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



In recent years the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank and others have been giving increased attention to the role of intermediate or medium-sized towns in developing countries. The reason is that the large city or metropolis has come to dominate the national and international urban scene on an unprecedented scale. In many instances in Third World countries, up to half the urban population has been concentrated in one primate city. This has resulted in unbalanced social, economic and regional development and a distortion in the investment strategies of those countries whose populations, certainly in Africa, are still predominantly rural.

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