There’s no place like home: Botswana’s housing problem

In November 2014 thousands of Batswana came to apply for plots at Oodi Sub Land Board, the local authority responsible for managing land-related issues in a small part of the country spanning several villages, despite the fact that there were only 400 available plots in all the villages under the board’s mandate. The result was […]

Urban News Roundup: April 3, 2015

Garissa University attack: at least 147 victims At least 147 Kenyans were killed in Thursday morning’s terror attack on Garissa University College, a number Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery described as a “high human cost.” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery announced late Thursday that security forces had ended the day-long siege at the institution, after they killed the four […]

Urban News Roundup: March 27, 2015

Cairo: The New Capital Good, bad, and Cairo Over the past few days, the Egyptian government has unveiled to the world and surprisingly enough, its own Egyptian nationals, that there shall be a change of its capital state. It will be moving from Cairo to a patch of uninhabited land 50km to the East of […]

Uncertain but necessary: street vending in Tunis

In post revolutionary Tunis, the streets are filled with vendors selling peeled cactus fruits, home- made muffins, cheap underwear, make-up products and fake perfumes. The counterfeit fragrances are mostly brought up from neighboring Algeria and Libya. Trade is brisk around Place Barcelone at the city center with vendors peddling smuggled wares and buyers flocking for […]

Urban News Roundup: March 20, 2015

Cairo to be replaced by new planned capital city Over the weekend, Egypt unveiled plans to build a wholly new capital somewhere to Cairo’s east, closer to the Red Sea. It would sprawl across some 150 square miles and potentially be home to as many as 7 million people, with the aim of boosting the […]

Urban news roundup: March 16, 2015

Urban news headlines from around the continent…   Kinshasa: The Case Against Giant Traffic Robots Kinshasa, the sprawling capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is trying an unusual approach to the city’s notoriously frenetic traffic situation. As first reported by AFP, Kinshasa installed three new robots last week to help direct traffic (two others […]

Urban news roundup: March 6, 2015

Mombasa to receive road upgrades Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has invited bids for the design of Port Reitz Road and Moi International Airport Road aimed at decongesting the two link roads. The roads are to be upgraded from a single carriage way to dual carriageway with grade separated junctions at the Magongo and Port […]

Supporting African Municipalities in Sustainable Energy Transitions

Supporting African Municipalities in Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET) is an EPSRC/DFID/DECC-funded project (Grant No. EP/L002620/1) that seeks to develop a knowledge exchange framework for supporting local and national bodies involved in municipal energy planning in the effective transition to sustainable energy use in urban areas. Through close partnering with six cities in three African countries […]

Urban News Roundup: February 27, 2015

Dar es Salaam: scholar underscores management of urbanisation Urbanisation and planning are important aspects in the country’s development agenda, said Prof Joseph Semboja, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI) Institute. He said the reality of urbanisation is sinking in but significant challenges remain. The process should be managed so […]

Harnessing the power of data: the Gauteng City-Region Observatory

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) was established in 2008 as a partnership between the University of Johannesburg (UJ), the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) and the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), with local government in Gauteng also represented on the GCRO Board. GCRO receives a core grant from GPG, and the two universities provide significant […]