African cities are complex and dynamic, frequently experiencing contested political systems and rapid growth. We’re initially working in 13 focus cities within sub-Saharan Africa with the potential and need for urban reform, building on extensive research, networks and experience.

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Accra

Ghana

Accra is the capital city of Ghana, the national economic centre and the country’s main connection with the global economy.

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Addis Ababa

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa is Ethiopia’s capital, located in the geographic epicentre of the country and surrounded by the regional state of Oromia.

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Bukavu

Democratic Republic of Congo

Bukavu has more than 1 million residents and is one of the most populated cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Dar es Salaam

Tanzania

Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city by far, at almost three times the size of the second largest, Mwanza.

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Freetown

Sierra Leone

Freetown is the capital of Sierra Leone and a city of more than 1 million inhabitants, whose population is expected to double in size over the next 20 years.

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Harare

Zimbabwe

Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe, positioned in the northeast of the country, and has an estimated population of 1.4 million.

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Kampala

Uganda

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and one of the largest and economically most important cities in East Africa.

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Khartoum

Sudan

Khartoum is the capital of Sudan, situated at the confluence of the Blue and the White Nile, and hosts 19% of the country’s total population.

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Lagos

Nigeria

Lagos is a coastal city on West Africa’s Atlantic seaboard, and became Nigeria’s first capital city in 1861.

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Lilongwe

Malawi

Lilongwe, named after the river that runs through it, is located on the inland plains of Malawi and is the country’s largest city.

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Maiduguri

Nigeria

Maiduguri is the largest city in northeast Nigeria and the capital of Borno State.

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Mogadishu

Somalia

Mogadishu is Somalia’s capital city and largest port, with population estimates ranging from 1.7 million to 2.9 million.

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Nairobi

Kenya

Nairobi was founded in 1899 and is today the economic and political capital of Kenya, and a thriving cultural hub.