In Africa, cities are created where the population can not live

If you take a closer look at the evolution of the global population, it quickly becomes clear that not only are we becoming more and more people, but we are also increasingly attracting men and women to the big cities. Especially here in Germany, this is often seen as a problem, as more and more jobs disappear in the country and the supply there is increasingly worse.

The situation is similar in the countries of Africa with which I deal in our current article. In the past, we have already told you about new cities that are being built up within a few years. For example, the major project "Diamniadio" in Senegal , which will combine mobility and sustainability in the future. Money for such projects comes mainly from China .

The new cities bring many benefits to Africa. In addition to the economic growth that comes from the establishment of companies and the attracting of new investors, the quality of life for the inhabitants by a better supply will continue to rise. In this way, many countries in Africa could finally narrow down the gap to countries from the First or Second World or even catch up completely. In Nigeria, for example, five cities are currently being planned, which will cover an area of ​​25 million square meters after completion. About 100 billion US dollars are invested across the continent.

In addition to the many advantages, there is also one major disadvantage: the difference between theory and practice. Because even if the motivation for a new city makes sense, then in real life, things are going quite differently. Let's take again the project "Diamniadio" as an example. If the city is finished in 2035 and until then about 2 billion US dollars have been invested, especially academics and people who want to rise socially should populate the neighborhoods. Through the productivity thus created, the billions in credit should be repayable quickly and without delay.

But many potential residents can not afford to live in the city. Logically, the attractiveness of a place increases the price per square meter, which is why people are more likely to be displaced than attracted at the present time. This does not mean that the current projects are already doomed to failure, but that planners in the respective countries should also think about social issues.

Also existing infrastructures should not be ignored. Because where millions of people already live today, investments are necessary to ensure trouble-free everyday life. For example, since its foundation in 1987, the Nigerian city of Abuja has grown from 15,000 inhabitants to over 3 million inhabitants. Because what will bring new and intelligent cities, if no one can afford life there?

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