Weekly news roundup: June 20, 2014

Somali traders in Nairobi feel heat from crackdown. A security operation aimed at migrants in Nairobi has led to the arrests of more than 4,000 people, most from Eastleigh, the Somali neighborhood. These arrests, the business community says, have hurt trade in the once-thriving commercial district of East Africa’s economic powerhouse.  – ALJAZEERA. Kinshasa gets safer roads with intelligent robots. […]

World Bank: today’s live discussion on municipal finances with former DC Mayor Anthony Williams

From Detroit to Lahore, cities face financing challenges. In an ever urbanizing world, cities are important for national economies and social prosperity and stability, but they are also very vulnerable to any global financial crisis. ‘Municipal Finances, A Handbook for Local Governments’ focuses on a wide range of topics of interest to cities from revenue […]

Weekly news roundup: June 13, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent.

Weekly news headlines: June 6, 2014

Focus on female leadership in Dakar. More than 200 West African elected officials and civil society leaders have converged on Dakar this week for a conference on female leadership.  As parity laws bring more and more women into local and national governments, experts say it isn’t translating into improved policies on so-called women’s issues like […]

Launch of UN-Habitat’s new free online resource: the Global Urban Lectures

The Global Urban Lecture series is an  online repository of 15-min video lectures that make available knowledge and experience of world renowned scholars and experts associated with UN-Habitat’s work. The series is offered as a free resource by UN-Habitat, aimed at universities, urban practitioners, and policy makers, as well as the general public who is […]

Weekly news roundup: May 30, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent.

Rains wreak havoc in Dar es Salaam

It is noon and the heavens break loose. While some cheer for the seething breeze that accompanies the rain, some just curse it. Frederick Lema, a veteran commuter bus driver, grows animated as raindrops start falling. He knows the day is over and as a breadwinner he anticipates more trouble at home. It has been […]

Weekly news roundup: May 23, 2014

Ouagadougou, capital of Sahel security for a week. Intelligence and security chiefs from across the Sahel met this week in Ouagadougou to discuss shared concerns. The two-day event, which finished Tuesday (May 20th), gathered officials from Nouakchott Process member states Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Chad, Ivory Coast and Guinea. – Magharebia. Tripoli on […]

Commuter trains ease traffic in Dar

In Dar es Salaam the government in collaboration with the private sector has been trying hard to come up with solutions to solve the traffic jams that bedevil the city. One strategy has been the implementation of commuter train routes in the city, established in October 2012. The service is cheap and relatively reliable compared […]

Weekly news roundup: May 17, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent.