Presentation at the first African Urban Matters: Cities of the Future event in Cape Town, South Africa from 14-15 November 2013 which was held in collaboration with African Ideas.
According to UN-HABITAT, the population in some cities will increase by almost 85% over the next 10 years. This startling fact means that a multitude of problems are arising due to rapid urbanisation spiralling.
As Africa becomes increasingly urbanized with thousands of people flocking to all major hubs - where the urban population was about 36% in 2010, it is projected to increase to 50% and 60% by 2030 and 2050 respectively - and the continent’s rapidly growing middle-class is insisting upon more of a saying how their cities are run, it is becoming crucial to relook models of engagement with citizens and their urban planning methodologies and efficiencies.
Local government organisations, which are already under incredible pressure are facing increasing challenges in providing basic services, let alone the requirements of the future. Relooking these models is also an opportunity to innovate and promote both transparency and efficiencies.
SAP designed its global Urban Matters program in response to these challenges, with the goal to improve people's lives. The program comprises a collection of SAP ICT solutions specifically aimed at helping government organisations of all sizes simply run better.
During this event being hosted in the beautiful Mother City of Cape Town, South Africa, expect to be involved in thought-provoking sessions and discussions with global and local urban development experts and best-in-class cities, to find out how ICT solutions have helped them to create significantly better cities.