Climate change, vulnerability, and adaptation in Sub-Saharan African cities: new challenges for development policy

This study describes the most important trends, reasons and effects of urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa and outlines the major climate change-induced impacts and vulnerabilities in urban areas. It then discusses the most important options for adaptation in the context of urban areas by first examining possibilities at the local and community levels. Options on municipal […]

Constituting urban space in the Moroccan context

Heide Studer. Constituting urban space in the Moroccan context. Urban Studies 51(9).

South Africa’s emergency housing programme: A prism of urban contest.

Liza Rose Cirolia (2014). South Africa’s Emergency Housing Programme: A prism of urban contest. Development Southern Africa, Volume 31,  Issue 3, pages 397-411. The Emergency Housing Programme (EHP) is an important subsidy tool in South Africa. The EHP was designed to realise the right to housing and ensure that municipalities rapidly respond to emergency housing […]

Urbanisation in Tanzania

Population Growth, Internal Migration and Urbanisation In Tanzania, 1967-2012: A Census-Based Regional Analysis The aim of this project is to obtain a better understanding of the interaction between population growth, internal migration and urbanization in Tanzania, and their relationship to the changing structure of the economy from soon after independence to the present day. The […]

Improved recycling performance: Policy options for Nigerian cities

In Nigeria there is a glaring absence of formal recycling of municipal waste. As a result, the informal sector has taken up the role of “critical but unacknowledged gap filler” in the waste recycling system, achieving low but significant recy­cling rates. This policy note deals with what can be done to improve recycling performance in […]

Gugulethu™: revolution for neoliberalism in a South African township

This paper analyses the impact of neoliberalization on post-apartheid spatial practices at the new Gugulethu mall in Cape Town. It examines this impact at two levels: first, from the perspective of neoliberal processes and their ability to adapt to the local township environment and, second, from the viewpoint of the township and its permeability to […]

The contours of disorder: crime maps and territorial policing in South Africa

Organised violence strongly shapes political boundaries. The modern state’s monopoly on legitimate violence has made national borders the primary dividing line between peaceful and violent places. However, governments that are unable to achieve such a monopoly may opt for the more modest goal of moderating the distribution of violent behaviour across their jurisdiction. This paper […]

From residential segregation to African urban centres: city planning and the modalities of change in Africa south of the Sahara

An address by Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch on proceeding to urban desegregation from residential segregation in African cities. Available from Taylor & Francis online (subscription required).                

Averting a downward spiral: building resilience in informal urban settlements through adaptive governance

The growth of informal settlements can intensify the risks of social and ecological harm to their communities and to the wider urban area. The unplanned and poorly serviced character of these settlements raises the probability of disasters occurring.

When necessity begets ingenuity: E-waste scavenging as a livelihood strategy in Accra, Ghana.

This paper describes how due to lack of formal job opportunities, e-waste scavenging has emerged as a major livelihood (survival) strategy for a rapidly growing urban population. It documents how the process has been fueled by neo-liberal economic policies adopted since 1983 that not only failed to create a “vibrant urban economy” but also exacerbated […]