Knowledge Note

The infrastructural improvements that 18 cities in Ethiopia have undertaken provides a powerful model for how governments can transform and beautify city centers in ways that generate extensive local employment opportunities. Known as the Urban Local Government Development Project, the majority of the funds were used to upgrade infrastructure through the construction of roads. In particular, the focus on cobblestone roads helped improve mobility, beautify neighborhoods, and increase property values and tax revenues. The project’s success offers important lessons for others cities across Africa as well as other countries that are tackling the challenges of managing rapid urban growth.​

About the Presenters

Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (Ethiopia)