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.

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.

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.

In Kampala, an Uber for motorcycle taxis puts safety first

(Republished from Citiscope). KAMPALA, Uganda — Motorcycle taxis rule the road in this capital city, where estimates of the number of “boda bodas” ferrying passengers around town range from 65,000 to the hundreds of thousands. That’s at least five times more bodas than New York has yellow cabs. They’re also notoriously unsafe. Between the potholed […]

How women in Malawi are turning waste into wealth

LILONGWE, Malawi — As the sun rises, Norah Baziwell leaves her family home here in the crowded squatter settlement of Mtandire Township. Pushing a wheelbarrow containing a shovel, rake, pick, hoe, watering can, pail, gumboots and gloves, she heads about a hundred yards down a dirt road to check on her treasure stashed under plastic […]