• Untapped finance for African cities: Municipal bonds

    Municipal bonds are increasingly seen as a way to plug the finance gap for African cities that face a chronic shortfall in urban financing.

  • Graffiti festival connects artists, cultures and ideas in Dakar

    (Article republished from africanurbanism.net). For 10 days in April, graffiti artists from around the world gathered in Dakar, Senegal for the fifth annual Festigraff, the Festival international de Graffiti en Afrique/Senegal. While the term “graffiti” can carry a negative connotation, spray can art is Dakar’s most ubiquitous urban art expression, ranging from vandalism to approved […]

  • Mbao forest: Dakar’s green lung

    Previously a peri-urban forest, the Mbao forest has gradually become an urban forest located in the heart of the capital. It has become vulnerable to all sorts of threats. Within 30 years, its surface area has shrunk by 15 percent. It has been coveted and assaulted in various ways by local residents, property developers and […]

  • Highway redesigns Dakar

    In August 2013, Senegal inaugurated the first toll highway to be financed from a unique combination of public and private funds. It spans over 32km from Dakar’s city centre to Diamniadio, the new centre of economic growth located on the outskirts of the capital. This road is the masterpiece of the government’s public infrastructure project. […]