Slums — top priority for the New Urban Agenda

With 1 billion people living in slums, affordable housing needs to be put at the centre of the New Urban Agenda.

Climate finance receives keen attention in Habitat III funding talks

Last week, a key series of discussions on financing sustainable urban development included multiple sessions on the issue.

Rethinking Sustainable Cities: from slogan to implementation

MISTRA Urban Features researchers consider cities that are accessible, fair and green.

Going car-free on Bree

Open Streets returns to Cape Town this coming weekend. On January 17 the public are invited to use the entire stretch of Bree Street to walk, play, exercise and express themselves freely.

Urban News Roundup (December 11, 2015)

City news headlines from around the continent.

Will Accra’s BRT be a breath of fresh air?

Jane Lumumba considers whether Accra’s commuters will ditch private transport for the new BRT system, set to launch at the end of 2015.

‘Local govt at the coalface’: message from Africities

Closing ceremony of Africities Summit calls for stronger local governance in cities.

Africa leads with urban agenda for Habitat III

Africa is the first region to present a common urban agenda ahead of next year’s major United Nations (UN) gathering on housing and sustainable urban development, Habitat III. Kim Gurney reports from Africities 2015.

Public space in focus at Africities Summit

The politics of urban planning was brought into focus at the 2015 Africities conference through discussion on green spaces and how best to value them amid competing urban needs.

Foreign investment lacking in African cities

Foreign direct investment (FDI) levels are nowhere near enough given the rate of urbanisation in African cities, which should diversify for better resilience and socio-economic benefits. Report from Africities Summit.