Informal schools in Nairobi’s Mathare slum are centers for child protection

In Mathare, Nairobi’s second largest slum, informal schools act as centres for child protection. Children from three to 13 years-old benefit from the work of volunteers trying to provide them a classroom where learning primary education, a meal a day,s and a bathroom more or less stable. While non-formal education is not recognized by the … Continued

Weekly news roundup: December 5, 2014

Ouagadougou buries martyrs of the uprising. Tens of thousands of people have turned out in Burkina Faso’s capital for the official funeral of “martyrs” of the bloody uprising that ousted president Blaise Compaore. In all, at least 24 people were killed during demonstrations on October 30 and 31 against a bid by Compaore to extend his … Continued

Nairobi National Park under threat

Rapid urbanisation is putting pressure on Nairobi National Park and its delicate ecosystems. Gemma Soles spoke to a local conservationist to find out more.

Weekly news roundup: November 21, 2014

Nairobi women demonstrate against gender violence. At the busy intersection of Accra Road and Tom Mboya Street in downtown Nairobi, a cacophony of voices clamour to be heard. Buses and vans vie for space on the roadside, and touts solicit passengers to ply their routes. Nearly everyone is on the move. Shortly after 12pm on … Continued

An alien looks at Nairobi

After seven months, Gemma Soles returns to Nairobi and makes some observations on the city, its building boom, and the pitfalls of being a pedestrian.

Weekly news roundup: November 8, 2014

Demonstrators rally against acting president in Lusaka. Police and demonstrators clashed early on Tuesday in protests against the acting president, a white Zambian who fired the ruling party’s chief following the death last week of president Michael Sata. The riots started on Monday night in several places in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, including the University … Continued

Animated urbanisms

To help spread urban research in an easily digestible form, The University of Manchester joined forces with media company Toasted Productions and created short animations based on researchers’ findings for the ‘Animated Urbanisms’ competition.

Weekly news roundup: October 24, 2014

Addis Ababa monorail to transform Ethiopian economy. The edifices are in Addis Ababa to prop up Africa’s first light rail system, an arresting sign of Ethiopia’s progress since the dark days of famine and military rule (pdf) in the 1980s. The government hopes the project, funded and built by China, will be running next year. … Continued

Future Nairobi? Plans favour the elite

Professor Garth Myers discusses his latest article about plans for Nairobi’s future as a world-class city as set out in the Nairobi Metro 2030 vision plan.

Weekly news roundup: October 10, 2014

Desalination plans for Dakar water supply. A joint venture led by France’s Eranove subsidiary, Senegalaise des Eaux (SDE), has announced plans for the construction of a 100,000 cubic metre/day desalination plant in Senegal to boost water supply in urban areas especially the capital Dakar. – The International Water Association. At least 12 killed in Bangui. … Continued