Sustainability for African Cities: Academics and Other Challenges Facing Africa

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This conference was organized by the Academic of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) Ghana, in collaboration with the German National Academy of Sciences. It was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and research Germany. The Conference had more than 200 representatives from 14 countries including Nigeria, Canada, United Kingdom, south Africa and more countries.

The major issues that the delegates thought entailed home-grown solutions include housing, food security, health disaster, climate change and more.

Other political and technical actors in charge of African cities need to be discover the opportunities in working together and sharing ideas among themselves. It could be experience, research and better ways to handle issues on social interest.

The communiqué challenged African countries to develop solutions that can, be used in managing waste  to prevent diseases and help save money spent on health care. Research to develop solutions that increase academic progress and tackle the challenges facing African cities such as insecurity is needed..

The key institutions with interest in aiding sustainable development need to attend to issues affecting African cities holistically. Daniel Buor, a professor of medical geography at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, said that sustainability in African cities should be focused on people and their health.

Africa can achieve the goal of sustainable cities if people have access to clean water and sanitation, about 42 per cent of health facilities in Africa lack of access to clean drinking water.

Buor said that water pollution frequently experienced in cities such as  Addis Ababa and Accra has led to high water-borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera.

These issues should critically be attended to in Africa so as to have a better life and a safer environment. There is a need for more development on Academic progress and other challenge African cities are faced with.

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