Jemaa el-Fina market in Marrakech, Morocco. You may not have noticed it, but many African cities are expanding faster in land area than they are in population.

African Cities Are Growing, But Ironically Becoming Less Dense; Why This Matters

A sprawling city means that distances between neighbourhoods are long and transport costs are high. That ends up acting as a brake on the ability of cities to reap the benefits of growth.


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'Judge Not' the motorcycle taxi. (Photo/ Flickr/ Erik Hersman)

The Motorcycle Taxi: Africa’s 21st Century Version Of The Horse

The use of motorcycles for commercial transport has grown very rapidly in recent years, for several economic reasons that have been well articulated. But its social and political impact is a bigger, more layered story.