Weekly urban news roundup: April 18, 2014

Cairo bomb attacks a regularity A second homemade bomb targeting security officials exploded in central Cairo, Egypt’s capital, late Tuesday. – Al Arabiya. Benghazi residents have had enough  Angry Benghazi residents blocked streets and torched tyres on Thursday for a second day to protest a deadly car bombing in the heart of the city. – […]

Urban News roundup: Feb 22, 2014

Freetown‘s frequent power cuts cause President to take firm decision Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma dismissed the energy minister and his deputy, as well as suspended senior officials in the electricity sector on Tuesday, in the wake of worsening power cuts in the capital city. – Reuters. Monrovia‘s hospitals suffer from strikes In the […]

15th N-AERUS Conference

15th N-AERUS Conference, Brussels 27th to 29th November 2014:Jointly organized by N-AERUS, the Faculty of  Architecture of the Université Libre of Brussels and the Université Saint-Louis of Brussels, Belgium. XV N-AERUS CONFERENCE: REAL CHANGE?– Exploring and assessing ways to co-produce knowledge for tangible transformations in the cities of the South. Since the coinage of action-research in 1944, […]

Helping Africa’s urban poor gain from modernization

NAIROBI, 4 February 2014 (IRIN) – Plans to reshape and modernize African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. But these development plans could also benefit the poor if governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens, argue analysts. […]

SDI nominated for Nobel Prize

Jockin Arputham and Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), the largest urban slum dweller movement in the world, have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. The nomination of the network of pavement dwellers, landless and homeless, in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, is an unprecedented step in the life of a man who has risen from the […]

Urban news

Tunis suburb sees police and terrorist forces in fatal stand-off Anti-terrorist units of Tunisia’s National Guard stormed a pair of houses containing militants in a seaside capital suburb Tuesday, ending nearly a day long stand-off that left eight dead. The incident highlights the threat of Islamist militancy as one of the biggest challenges to the new government. […]

Shuga – HIV awareness soap opera – hits Lagos

Popular soap opera confronts HIV/AIDs in Lagos. Shuga, a succesful soap opera that has aired for two seasons in Kenya, has shifted the drama to Lagos.

Abuja-Kaduna rail project 70% complete

The rail system that will connect Abuja and Kaduna is expected to be completed by December 2014.

Nairobi’s dirty money

Nairobi bustles with high-class bars, glitzy hotels and top-end homes. The middle class is growing quickly and Kenya’s government plans to turn Nairobi into an international financial centre by 2025 — part of its goal to pull East Africa’s largest economy into the ranks of newly industrialised nations by 2030.

Roll out of Uganda’s new clinics for LGBTI community – scepticism abounds

Uganda’s Ministry of Health’s AIDS Control Programme (ACP) is rolling out four specialized clinics for the most at-risk populations (MARP’s) in four divisions of Kampala and several others in major HIV/AIDS hot spots in upcountry towns. The initiative came as a surprise. In May 2012 government fiercely criticised the first clinic for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and […]