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MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Transport

Reflections on Transport Development is being given in this short paper. Specifically : How it was portrayed in the forum on Development and Mitigation and the ways in which it is argued differently in the ‘sustainable transport’ field. The focus is…

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Cities

Briefly summarized in the first section of the note is the current discourse on city development, indicating both the importance of cities to climate mitigation as well as the fact that climate mitigation is increasingly seen as a key component o…

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 No 3

This issue comprises several articles and conference papers. The first article: A case study of climate variability effects on wind resources in South Africa(page 2) studies and compares the wind speed distribution in two different locations. The ne…

Challenges to Achieving Sustainable Sanitation in Informal Settlements of Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali is experiencing rapid urbanisation, like most cities in developing countries, leading to an increase in the urban population and rapid growth in the size and number of informal settlements. More than 60% of the city’s population resides in t…

Community Gardens as a Form of Urban Household Food and Income Supplements in African Cities: Experiences in Hammanskraal, Pretoria

Food insecurity on the African continent is no longer experienced only in rural areas. Instead, it has become a very common occurrence in cities. Millions experience the unaffordability and inaccessibility of food for themselves and their families …

'Oil for Housing': Chinese-built New Towns in Angola

"China has gained a foothold in the African construction sector through the provision of ‘resources for infrastructure’ loans. The dominance of Chinese companies is particularly evident in mega projects such as railways, major transportation arter…

Kenya's Urban Development in the 21st Century: The Call for Innovative Initiatives from Local Authorities

In municipal councils in Kenya, urban environment development plans are drawn up but not followed through. In rural councils, environment development plans are not made at all and therefore development comes about in a haphazard manner. Community de…

Assessing Public Expenditure Governance in Uganda’s Road Sector: Application of an Innovative Framework

This report comprises of five sections which are organized as follows: the next sub-section of the introduction delineates the road sector. Section two presents the conceptual framework for assessing public expenditure governance in the sector and t…

Eko Atlantic The Dream of a New Model City Struggling with Transparency, Good Governance and Negative Environmental Impacts

Lagos is one of the world's fastest growing cities, which offers hope for survival, income generation, employment and personal success not only to Nigerians from all over the country, but also to Africans from the West African region. It has been ch…

Eko Atlantic Project - Opinion Papers

This document consists of several opinion papers on the Eko Atlantic project in Lagos, Nigeria. The first paper: "Brief description of the communities threatened by coastal erosion and displacement by Ako Amadi gives the background to the Eko Atlant…

Linking Universities and Marginalised Communities South African Case Studies of Innovation Focused on Livelihoods in Informal Settings

"The monograph contributes exploratory research on patterns of interaction in South African universities, with a specific focus on networks of academics and marginalised communities centred on innovation to enhance livelihoods. We describe analytic…

Taxing the Urban Boom: Property Taxation and Land Leasing in Kigali and Addis Ababa

Urban service sectors including construction and real estate drives contemporary economic growth in Africa. This manifests in rapidly transforming landscapes and the proliferation of valuable property in the continent’s booming large cities, often …

Traditional Healers and Their Provision of Mental Health Services in Cosmopolitan Informal Settlements in Nairobi, Kenya

"Traditional healing has been practiced by many cultures in Kenya and for many years. It is an accepted mode of treatment in different cultures. Traditional healers are consulted even today and provide treatment to many people. Traditional medicine …

Who Really Governs Urban Ghana ?

"Ghana is one of Africa’s most urbanised – and rapidly urbanising – countries. In the past three decades, the number of city dwellers has risen from four to 14 million; more than 5.5 million live in slums. Urban growth exerts intense pressure on go…

Poverty and Environmental Degradation in the Lagos Metropolis

The environmental problems confronting the Lagos Metropolis is examined in this paper. The problems are both natural and man-made and can be grouped into physical, sociological and management. After describing the phenomena of poverty and environmen…

Capacity Building Workshop For Parliamentary Support Staff Of States And National Assembly (Water and Sanitation Group) Developing Legislative Agenda And Programmes For Waste Management And Water Development At The Federal, State And Local Level

Situated on the west coast of Africa, Nigeria has a population of about 167 million people. The country has been ranked as one of the twenty-five dirtiest countries in the world. Today most Nigerians still lack access to portable water, regardless o…

Small Scale Rainwater Harvesting for Combating Water Deprivation at Orphan Care Centres in Peri-Urban Areas of Lilongwe, Malawi

In urban areas of Malawi, like elsewhere in Africa, uncoordinated rapid urbanization has resulted in profuse informal settlements. These are marginal areas of urban development that are often not provided with adequate water and sanitation amenities…

l’Émission de l’Obligation Municipale à Dakar : Le Conte de Deux Cités / Dakar’s Municipal Bond Issue: A Tale of Two Cities

Municipal and central governments are being overwhelmed by the rapid growth of Africa’s cities. The provision of basic services to residents is worsening and strategic planning has been insufficient. Since the 1990s, widespread devolution has substa…

Economic, Social and Political Developments and challenges in IGAD Region Conference Proceedings, October 23-25, 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

"The proceeding is divided into seven parts. Part one deals with Foreign Direct Investment. In this part, two papers are presented. Part two is on Food Security in which issues ranging from impact of remittance, regional trade and other relevant iss…

Establishing Indicators for Urban Poverty Environment Interaction in Tanzania: The Case of Bonde la Mpunga, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam

"The premise for this study is that urban development and especially livelihood opportunities for the urban poor are, in most cases, limited by adverse environmental conditions created by growing centres of population and activity. The general objec…

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