Turning Kibera’s mud huts into apartment towers

An upgrading program in a Nairobi’s Kibera slum has taken more than a decade, but is helping change the conversation about how to handle informal urban neighborhoods in African cities.

Bamako’s ‘Marshall Plan’ for housing won’t help urban poor

In an attempt to build away Bamako’s housing problem, authorities in the Malian capital have pledged to construct 50,000 new homes for low and middle-income earners over the next five years. But what the housing minister call a ”Marshall Plan” to provide cheap housing fails to assist those who need it most. In one Bamako neighborhood new ”affordable” housing is actually not that affordable.

Hard to access: Bamako’s exclusionary housing market

For a majority of Bamako residents finding affordable housing in the Malian capital has become increasingly difficult. An unregulated housing market where real estate agents and private house owners hike up prices, failed social housing schemes, corruption and no leases means many tenants live in constant fear of being evicted or sudden rent increases.

SDGs may make specific reference to Habitat III

Language around next year’s cities conference is under discussion during the final week of negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals text.

Malawi’s urban centres: a collision path for democracy and tradition

In Malawi, chiefs are fighting a May 2015 government directive banning them from exercising their powers in towns and cities. The clash highlights a schism between traditional leadership and democracy.

The cost of cheap cars: Gaborone’s transport challenge

In Gaborone, a city without a public transport system, commuters are snapping up cheap imported used cars, putting pressure on the city’s already oversubscribed roads. Kibo Ngowi takes a look at the city’s vision for an improved transport system.

Decentralization would boost development, leaders told in Addis

With the MDGs soon to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), advocates at a major U. N. summit are warning that only empowered local governments will be able to meet the world’s far-reaching new development priorities.

Skyscraper City

In the past few years high-rise buildings have mushroomed in Dar es Salaam. But with developers ignoring engineers’ guidelines and the city ill-equipped to handle additional stress on its drainage system, the city’s modern skyline comes with its own set of challenges.

Bamako leases out its waste problem

In a bid to clean up Bamako’s dusty streets and improve living conditions for the city’s over 2 million inhabitants, Mali has leased its waste disposal to Moroccan waste management company the Ozone Group with a $123 million contract.

Dar’s Hawker Complex is a White Elephant

To put an end to street hawking, government built a complex for hawkers in Dar es Salaam to trade out of. But few hawkers are using it and most prefer to sell on the streets, illegally. Florence Mugarula reports.