This guide aims to create and strengthen law-making processes that build and secure the legal rights of all people living in all urban areas to be governed fairly, live safely, earn a living and participate fully in the economic and cultural offerings of cities. It does not aim to address all the problems of African cities. Rather, it focuses on strengthening efforts to improve the legal framework within which urban areas are managed, planned, governed and financed to create cities that are more sustainable, inclusive and efficient.
Legal systems differ across the region, with a particular divide between the Anglophone countries’ legal traditions and those of the Lusophone and Francophone countries. This guide is written to support urban legal reform in both contexts while acknowledging that distinct legal issues will inevitably arise in different places.