by Steven Langdon
Our African Economic Development course, and its textbook (African Economic Development by Langdon, Ritter and Samy, published in 2018 by Routledge,) focus on growing inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa and on the rapid spread of urban conglomerates in many parts of the region.
One example of these trends can be found in the spreading city of Luanda in Angola. Large oil revenues spurred this growth, and decreases in oil prices have added to the pressures toward marked social inequalities.
A photo essay from the Guardian newspaper in the UK conveys the texture of these ongoing changes in dramatic fashion. Please keep in mind that Luanda is only one of a series of expanding megacities in Africa.