Nigeria has seen remarkable economic growth in recent years, linked to a
potentially transformative urbanisation process, and based on
large-scale demographic and social change. The key issue of why high
rates of economic growth in recent years have not been translated in
urban settings into real improvements in economic opportunity –
employment creation, livelihood provision and poverty reduction – is,
however, as yet largely unaddressed, as is the contribution of
infrastructural investments and improvements to urban productivity.
Moreover, there is a limited understanding, at overall or sectoral
level, of the country’s current economic geography (and specifically
industrial location), and of sector-level organisation and performance
(formal or informal, whether manufacturing or service) in Nigeria’s
urban/metropolitan regions, cities or towns.
The research in this report aims to contribute to better knowledge about
the urban economic growth and performance of cities and towns in Nigeria
- The overall composition of the national, regional and local economies
in the formal and informal sectors, and the broad emerging spatial
patterns of agglomeration.
- Economic performance in the formal and informal manufacturing and
service sectors, and the contribution of urban infrastructures to
- The economic development policy and the institutional environment at
the federal, state and local levels, and within national development
policy and programming.
The methodological approach to the research involved both primary and
secondary data analysis.
Bloch, R.; Makarem, N.; Yunusa, M.; Papachristodoulou, N.; Crighton, M. Economic development in urban Nigeria. Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) Research Report. ICF International, London, UK (2015) iii + 77 pp.
Economic development in urban Nigeria. Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) Research Report.