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The Future of Eastern African Cities: How Do We Want to Live in 2050?

Urbanization is inevitable and irreversible. Globally, around 3 billion new urban dwellers are expected to arrive in cities and towns by 2050. In contrast, it took the entire history of humanity to reach the 3.5 billion urban dwellers that live in…

Psychosocial Models for Prevention and Wellbeing: Addressing Authority-based Violence in Urban Neighbourhoods

This paper argues for the need to develop psychosocial approaches that focus on combining preventative and healing work through community-led interventions with risk groups, their families, their neighbours and wider communities, and finally the aut…

West Africa Insight Vol 6 No.3: Urbanization in West Africa

UN habita predicts that before 2050, the total urban population in Africa will grow from the current estimate of 400 million to in excess of 1.26 billion. By 2030 the urban population of West Africa will range from 46.2%(Guinea) to 63.1% (Ivory Coa…

Understanding the Drivers of Drought in Somalia: Environmental Degradation as a Drought Determinant

Drought recurrence is a persistent phenomenon in Somalia. The latest one has continued for the last three years. Although the subdued Gu rains that fell between April and May provided some temporary relief, the depressed nature of this critical pr…

Urban Areas Performance Index 2017: Eldoret

This brief shows performance of Eldoret town based on three areas, namely: service delivery, conditions for investment and governance. This town's performance was assessed using the Urban Areas Performance Index, a composite Index comprising 67 ind…

Urban Areas Performance Index 2017: Nakuru

This brief shows performance of Nakuru town based on three areas, namely: service delivery, conditions for investment and governance. This town's performance was assessed using the Urban Areas Performance Index, a composite Index comprising 67 indic…

Affordable Housing in Kigali: Issues and Recommendations

Rwanda has been experiencing a very high rate of population and urban growth. This has posed serious problems for socio-economic development because of the inability of existing institutions and mechanisms to cope with emerging challenges. These p…

Institutional Preparedness for Urban Public Transport Reforms in Zambia

Zambia’s urban public transport, largely made up of intra-city minibuses, does not meet the international standards of convenience, reliability and affordability, which describes an effective public transport system. The 2013 ZIPAR paper “Trip Model…

The Role of Information Communication Technology to Enhance Property Tax Revenue in Africa: A Tale of Four Cities in Three Countries

Information communication technology (ICT) is an important tool to support local governments in their efforts to more efficiently administer property taxes and other own source revenues. Increasingly, developing countries, including those in Africa…

Alternative Financing for Infrastructural Development in Nigeria

Infrastructure development is very critical to achieving human capital development in any society. The economic impact that infrastructure improvement has on any nation building cannot be over-emphasized as the growth of any country’s economy huge…

Creating Cities of Hope: Before you Vote, Ask Questions, Demand Answers

Although it is not true that every urban society is rich, no country that has ever become rich has done so without urbanising. Cities, with their dense populations, deep labour markets and highly differentiated economies, make human labour far mor…

Namibians Look to Social Movement to Prompt Government Action on Land Reform

Access to land is a contentious issue in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, a legacy of colonialism and accompanying dispossession. While neighbouring South Africa has moved toward expropriation without compensation, Namibia’s debate has highlighted …

Shaping the Global Agenda to Maximize City Leadership on the SDGs: The Experiences of Vanguard Cities

During a three-day gathering from April 3-6, 2019 at the Bellagio Rockefeller Center, senior government officials from 14 cities worldwide that are in the vanguard of localizing the SDGs, provided their perspectives in sharing a city-specific agend…

Urban Management in the 21st Century: Ten Insights from Professor Ed Glaeser

Cities play a vital role in growth and development. Leading global economist, Professor Ed Glaeser summarises the top ten insights into managing cities. Cities are powerful vehicles for prosperity because they bring people together in dense clusters…

Climate Resilience in Developing Cities: Msimbazi Basin, Dar es Salaam

In Dar es Salaam, the Msimbazi Basin is one of the fastest growing and most rapidly urbanising areas. This, coupled with insufficient service provision, high poverty levels and frequent floods, has a significant impact on the population. To address …

What Price Cheap Goods? Survivalists, Informalists and Competition in the Township Retail Grocery Trade

About 54% of South Africa’s township microenterprises trade in food or drink. More than two-thirds of these are grocery retail businesses in the form of spaza shops and smaller ‘house shops’. These are the predominant businesses within the ‘township…

Urbanization is Improving Household Welfare in Ethiopia

These findings highlight important factors that should inform public policy debates on the consequences and implications of urban expansion in Africa. The finding that urban expansion can improve household welfare suggests that when small rural town…

Modelling Improvements to Property Tax Collection: The Case of Addis Ababa

Efforts to reform property tax systems in African cities tend to focus more on how to value properties for purposes of tax assessment than on how to better collect taxes due. The same is true of the literature on property tax reform. There is howeve…

Can Urbanization Improve Household Welfare? Evidence from Ethiopia

Despite evolving evidence that Africa is experiencing urbanization in a different way, empirical evaluations of the welfare implications of urban-development programs in Africa remain scant. We investigated the welfare implications of recent urbaniz…

Multi-Local Livelihoods, Climate Change and Urban Vulnerability

The challenges posed by climate change highlight something South African workers have known for decades: that planning on the basis of geography is inherently limited. Multi-locality is an increasingly recognised strategy South African households us…

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