The linkage between tempo effect of urbanization and human development index in Africa: Consequences and challenges

Shahla Kazemi-pour Sabet, University of Tehran
Mohammad Mirzaie, University of Tehran
Nader Motie Haghshenas, Population Studies and Research Center in Asia and the Pacific
Mahmoud Moshfegh, Population studies and Reseach Center For Asian And the pacific

The aim of this paper is explaining correlation between tempo effect of urbanization and Human Development Index(HDI)in African countries. Data is from annual report of UNDP for 2006.The concept of tempo of urbanization refers to change in the degree of urbanization during a period of time. When the degree of urbanization is measured in terms of the percent urban, the tempo can be measured either as the absolute change in percentage points or as the rate of change in the percent of population urban between two dates.In the end of 20th century, most of the African countries have experienced urbanization transition along with the demographic transition.In this paper, we have tried to show similarity or dissimilarity among pace of urbanization and HDI during 1975-2004.The results indicate that there are fluctuations between tempo effect of urbanization and HDI.Yet,the future pace of urbanization and HDI will remain a challenging but increasingly important task in the coming decades.

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