Many African countries are currently undergoing a major transformation in economic structure and location of economic activity, from rural agriculture-based economies to more diversified economies with much larger urban industrial and service sectors. This transition tends to go hand in hand with economic development. However, there is a growing controversy over whether rapid urbanization should be encouraged or prevented.
This conference will bring together leading researchers, policymakers and representatives of development organizations from Sub‐Saharan Africa and around the world to discuss research results and policy implications related to the massive structural and spatial transformations taking place in Sub‐Saharan Africa and their implications for development strategies. In particular, the conference will include case studies of selected countries, overviews of the structural and spatial transformations in Asia and Latin America, and analyses of the role of industrial and trade policies in driving structural change, rural‐urban migration, and the implications of alternative public investment options in agriculture and industry.