• Urban Indicators and Survey

Urban Indicators and Surveys

Within the fast-changing dynamics of contemporary South Africa, where the majority of people now live in metropolitan areas, monitoring the performance of cities is important. Indicators are critical to effective planning and management in increasingly complex urban contexts, organising information sets into simple, easy to grasp and easy to compare ‘measures’ of what is happening. Good urban indicator sets allow for comparison between cities and over time, enabling cities to see whether or not they are achieving their objectives.





  • Africa Roundtable on Global Urban Indicators held in Nairobi, Kenya (April). The meeting was convened by the Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF) in partnership with UN HABITAT and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA). The purpose was to discuss the importance and uses of GCIF indicators and urban metrics for Africa, and to broaden the GCIF membership base in Africa which currently stands at about 40 African cities.