• Weekly urban news roundup: February 21, 2014

    The week’s headlines

  • Algerian craftsmen struggle to save the Casbah

    The lack of interest from the Algerian state in the Casbah of Algiers, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is highlighted by rampant overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and the collapse of many houses. As RFI reports, the Algerian Minister of Culture Khalida Toumi said last Saturday that the reconstruction on empty plots in the Casbah of Algiers should be […]

  • Algiers hosts first Maghreb Cultural Film Fest

    The first Maghreb Cultural Film Festival will enjoy its last day Friday. Beginning Sunday, the festival screened 11 Algerian films, 10 Tunisian films, 10 Moroccan films and four Mauritanian films — each competing to win a “Golden Amayyas” award (Amayyas means leopard in the Tamazight language). The festival aim to “introduce recent productions from the […]

  • Climate change threatens African coastal cities

    As global climate change becomes an increasing reality, a study has warned that African coastal cities are particularly vulnerable, especially to flooding. Global flood damage could cost up to $1 trillion per year for coastal cities; developing countries will bear the worst of the cost. The most vulnerable African cities include Abidjan, Algiers and Alexandria.  […]

  • Tackling housing crises through new strategies

    ALGERIA: As part of its promise to build 1.2 million new homes by 2014, Algeria is partnering with international consortiums to speed up the process and improve quality. During workshops held on December 2nd in Tipaza, roughly a dozen American housing companies said they were willing to create joint venture companies to implement public housing projects […]

  • Roberto Cimetta Fund: Open Call for Travel Grants

    The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching the second 2015 open call for travel grants from 1st to 30th April 2015. Artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Arab geographical region can apply in Arabic, English or French. Priority is given to mobility from the South and East of these regions.

    The open call concerns two separate mobility funds: the RCF/Valletta 2018 Fund, and the RCF/Conseil Général Bouches-du-Rhône Fund. This call is therefore open for travel related to specific criteria of Valletta 2018 (indicated on RCF’s website), as well as travel from or to the Bouches-du-Rhône and from the cooperation zones of this county (indicated on RCF’s website).