Most of sub-Saharan Africa’s cities are ill prepared for the rapid and dramatic population increase that will occur by 2035.

Julia Bello-Schünemann is a senior research consultant for the African Futures and Innovation programme at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and a senior associate consultant for Good Governance Africa. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, her research focuses on long-term trends in sub-Saharan Africa, including urbanisation, demographics, development and violence. As a consultant, she has provided policy advice to the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), among others. She has a PhD in international relations from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

Fisayo Alo is a Senior Researcher at Good Governance Africa Nigeria where he coordinates and supports research efforts. Fisayo has fifteen years of experience working in the development consulting, research, quality control, and community engagement. His interests include citizen participation in governance, policy analysis, economic development, and sustainable community development. Fisayo holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (University of Lagos), a Post Graduate Diploma (PDG) in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta), a Certificate in Ethical Circular Economy (Arizona State University), and a B Sc. degree in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). He has managed a number of development projects and agricultural value chain studies for International donor agencies, such as USAID, FCDO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GTZ.