Uncertainty levels of electrification in informal urban settlements: a case from South Africa

Paper calls for more politicized approach toward informal settlement upgrading programmes.

Investigating the impact of land titling on housing investment in Addis

Study evaluates the impact of a land formalization project on household investment in Addis Ababa.

Housing the Poor in African Cities – Training Facilitator’s Guide

This Facilitator’s Guide prepared by UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance accompanies the Quick Guides for Policy Makers: Housing the Poor in African Cities series.

Urban Low Emissions Development Strategies: the Solutions Gateway

The Solutions Gateway is an online resource platform for Local Governments where they will be able to find possible Low Emissions Development (LED) Solutions for their cities.

City limits: Urbanisation and vulnerability in Sudan. Port Sudan case study

This study explores the process of urbanisation in Port Sudan and the challenges and opportunities it presents. In particular, it aims to deepen understanding of the drivers of urbanisation in Port Sudan; analyse the consequences of rapid urbanisation in terms of livelihoods, basic services and infrastructure; explore the particular vulnerabilities of urban populations; and outline options to support vulnerable groups. The report argues…

Urban planning and social inclusion, a study of Kigali city, Rwanda

Urban planning has been widely defined as an attempt to select the best available alternatives to achieve specific goals. However, little attention has been addressed to the explicit description of those goals towards the city development. Cities, as we experience them and live in, are remarkably expanding all over the world with significant development of built environment towards better spatial organizations for higher returns and more efficient economies.

Poor Urban Communities and Municipal Interface in Ghana: A Case Study of Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis

Like many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana, is undergoing a rapid pace of urbanization associated with socio-economic, environmental, and institutional challenges for urban residents and local government authorities. Under Ghana’s laws, Metropolitan Assemblies (large city local governments) have overall responsibility for the development of their respective cities. This article explores the poor urban communities—municipal interface based on a study carried out in the largest (Accra) and third largest (Sekondi-Takoradi) cities. The study concludes…

The Case of Khartoum, Sudan

Rapid, unorganised, sometimes unauthorised urban growth (urban sprawl) has become a prominent feature of developing countries, and the Sudan is no exception. This urban growth is generally measured by increases in area and density more than by functional development. Rural mass exodus to Sudanese urban centres is attributed mainly to geographically and socially uneven development and the concomitant depression of rural ecosystems and communities, the long civil war and armed conflicts, natural disasters like drought and famine, and the failure of government economic…

Improving urban management in townships

This module explores the urban management challenge. It defines urban management, reviews its specific functions, explores the historical origins of the present management deficit in townships and isolates the factors that inhibit effective urban management today.

A place to live: a case study of the Ijora – Badia community in Lagos, Nigeria

In 1973, three years after the end of Nigeria’s civil war, the Federal Military Government acquired a large tract of land comprised of a sprawling old settlement known as Oluwole Village in the Iganmu (central Lagos) for the purpose of building Nigeria’s National Arts Theatre. The theatre was to be a key edifice to grace the African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) that Nigeria hosted in 1977.

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