Cities of Hope Young People and Opportunity in South Africa’s Cities

"Historically, urbanisation has been linked with industrialisation, which has both facilitated cities’ growth and depended on it. Cities have also made possible the efficient delivery of all kinds of services — energy, water, health, education, finance, logistics, media, transport, etc. In the light of these considerations CDE launched a project framed around the question of whether South Africa could build “cities of hope” — cities in which large numbers of otherwise marginalised young people could find work, start businesses and improve the quality of their lives. To answer the question, we asked a range of international experts on the economics of cities in developing countries to prepare reports to be discussed at a workshop attended by leaders from government, business, civil society, academia and urban practitioners in June 2013. This is a summary of the conclusions most relevant for South Africa."