Last week our CEO, Kennedy Odede, was featured in Project Syndicate, a publication that "brings original, engaging, and thought-provoking commentaries by esteemed leaders and thinkers from around the world to readers everywhere." In his article, Kennedy addresses the challenge of urbanization in Africa and around the world.
The story of moving to the city to look for opportunities is one Kenendy can personally relate to:
Slums are the reality for much of the developing world -- and they will not just go away. Currently, 78% of all urban-dwellers in the developing world live in cities. That number will only grow. By 2050, only 30% of the world's population will remain in rural areas. The others will live in urban settings, and the majority in slums.
This presents us with the choice to view slums as an unsolvable problem, or as an opportunity.