Structural adjustment and the contemporary sub-Saharan African city

Briggs, J. and Yeboah, I. (2001) Structural adjustment and the contemporary sub-Saharan African city. Area, 33, pp. 18-26. (doi: 10.1111/1475-4762.00004)

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Although it has been suggested that structural adjustment policies have slowed Third World urban growth and have stimulated a spatial deconcentration of economic activity, this paper argues that African cities continue to grow and mainly through peri-urban development. This investment comes mainly from domestic sources and migrants' remittances, and tends to be in consumption rather than production. Reasons include cultural factors, lack of confidence in the national economy and in the state's long-term economic objectives, an increasing demand for housing, improvements in intraurban transport, and a desire to spread investment risk among a range of alternatives including housing.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Briggs, Professor John
Authors: Briggs, J., and Yeboah, I.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Area
Published Online:16 December 2002

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