Smart Social Development Key for Smart African Cities

  • Priscilla Idele
  • Gora MboupEmail author
Part of the Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements book series (ACHS)


This chapter focuses on the Social Development dimensions of smart cities, composed of elements of health and education. Healthy workers are more productive, and bring greater income to families and higher levels of economic growth for nations, and, in turn, enhance smart economy. First the chapter focuses on health considering that a healthy population is critical to realizing any social and economic development. Then the chapter concentrates on Education, which is critical to meeting the challenges of smart city, as it connects people to new approaches, solutions and technologies that enable them to identify, clarify and tackle local and global problems. When education and health are combined, undoubtedly they contribute significantly to human development. In both these critical dimensions, African cities have made significant progress during these past twenty years, and continue to do so as we progress through the 21st century.


Smart city Smart economy Social development Education Health Youth ICT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNICEF Office of Research–InnocentiFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.GORA CorpNew YorkUSA

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