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IHS-Erasmus University Rotterdam

Several years ago, I attended an IHS graduation ceremony in Nairobi, together with Professor Ronald Wall who gave a keynote speech at the event on foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into global and African cities. The presentation was enthusiastically received by Mr. Alioune Badiane, who at that time was the UN-Habitat Head of Projects and who initiated the idea of developing a State of African Cities report, on the position of African cities within international investment flows. The idea was welcomed by Dr. Jos Maseland, the developer of the UNHabitat State of African Cities Report series, and Professor Wall, economic geographer at the IHS-Erasmus University Rotterdam and Wits University Johannesburg. The report was further complemented by the work of Katharina Rochell and Mathias Spaliviero.

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The State of African Cities 2018 is published by IHS-Erasmus University Rotterdam and UN-Habitat in partnership with the African Development Bank. The aim of the report is to contribute to development policies that can turn African cities into more attractive, competitive and resilient foreign direct investment (FDI) destinations. Attracting global FDI is highly competitive and crosses various geographic scales, therefore regional cooperation by cities and nations is critical. But FDI is not a panacea since it has both positive and negative effects and careful choices need to be made by cities in their pursuit of FDI, if it is to lead to inclusive economic growth. This report aims to provide guidance on these choices and to facilitate understanding of the complexity of global investment in Africa.