Kampala stakes its place on East African art map

African art lovers are preparing for the Kampala Art Biennale, which will be held throughout August in venues around Kampala. The Biennale is presented as an innovative project with the intention of showing contemporary works from around the continent and creating debate on its current value. According to the organizers, the first edition will give […]

Cities as “sites of chaos”

I think of cities as essentially sites of chaos.” With this sentence, Dr. Alan Mabin, head of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, starts a lecture about what he describes as the chaotic phenomenon of cities around the world.

African Creative Economy Conference coming to Rabat

Rabat, which was recently declared the Moroccan capital of culture, will host the fourth edition of the African Creative Economy Conference, an annual project of the Arterial Network. The network is a Pan-African civil society network of artists, cultural activists, enterprises, NGOs and others active in the creative sector. The conference will run from November […]

Weekly news roundup: July 4, 2014

Kampala on guard for terrorist threat. Security agencies have deployed both the police and military police in and around Kampala city following reports that a terrorist organisation planned to attack Entebbe International Airport.  Counter terrorism police and military officers manned the city centre and all major entrances to the capital. – Daily Monitor. Somali deputy shot […]

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. […]

Cities in perspective – the Global Urban Lectures series

As urbanafrica announced recently UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Lectures series is available online. Here’s a list of some of the best talks. 1. In Making Room for a Planet of Cities professor Shlomo (Solly) Angel, based at NYU, introduces a new paradigm for ‘making room.’ He highlights the need to plan the growth of urban territories […]

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 […]

5 must-watch videos about urbanization in Africa

It’s unnecessary to say that African urban populations are growing and urbanisation is becoming one of the most important and highly topical concepts in the management of African cities. There are many books, reports and papers on African urban issues but less audiovisual material. Here’s a selection of the best videos from around the web. […]

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 […]

Mombasa – a city under the sea?

Mombasa is known as a city of sun-kissed beaches, luxurious hotels packed with tourists and crazy New Year’s Eve parties. Recent terrorist threats have begun to change this idyllic picture. Last weekend some tour operators had to evacuate hundreds of tourists and cancel flights to Mombasa. But the government has other things to worry about. […]