Alternative planning approaches and the sustainable cities programme in Nigeria

Recent arguments have been in favour of urban planning systems and innovative approaches that must function as tools for achieving sustainable urbanization. This paper examines the application of the central methodology of the Sustainable Cities Programme in Nigeria and explores how it can contribute in the shift towards alternative urban planning approaches. Data were collected…

Social Dynamics: a journal of African studies

Social Dynamics, a journal of African Studies, is produced in collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies. The April edition includs two special sections: “Camps and Liberation in Southern Africa” and “National Development Plan: Eradicating Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality?” It is available for free for a limited time from…

Implementing a Revised Refugee Policy for Urban Refugees in Tanzania

Although well known as a host for refugees in rural camps, Tanzania also hosts a large population of urban refugees. Like most urban refugees in Africa, these refugees live without legal status and without humanitarian or resettlement assistance. There are indications that Tanzania will adopt a revised policy that will recognise urban refugees. However, a revised policy…

The political potential of displacement to urban areas: How has the “ethnic discourse” transformed the culturally polarized milieu in the Sudan?

The article delves into migration within the Sudan, especially to Khartoum and other northern cities along the Blue Nile, in relation to water scarcity, livelihood insecurity, and the civil wars that resulted from the failed policies of the central government, and which disproportionately affected communities located in the broader, non-riverine zones of the Sudan. In this paper, Dr Hamid describes how…

Insiders but Outsiders: The Struggle for the Inclusion of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in South Africa

This article examines the politics of urban refugees in South Africa. It shows that despite South Africa’s adoption of an encompassing rights-regarding legal framework that has the potential to be inclusive towards asylum seekers and refugees in the country and afford them basic human rights and protection, asylum seekers and refugees nonetheless remain “internally excluded”, predominantly as a result of practices adopted by a nationalist…

To be or not to be: Urban refugees in Kampala

In Uganda, refugee policy and programming is focused almost exclusively on providing protection and assistance to refugees residing in rural settlements. While international law allows refugees the right to freedom of movement and choice of residence, Ugandan legislation restricts refugees’ residency to rural settlements, subjecting those who wish to live outside of settlements and in urban centres to severe…

Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) in the City and the Quest for Poverty Reduction

Urbanisation and the urban poverty reduction debate has lately entered centre stage of development discourse with the emerging trend that half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. In Malawi, urbanisation is growing at an unprecedented pace. In this paper I argue that the growing rural-urban trend calls for a concerted effort, including the participation of Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) whose potential to contribute to poverty reduction can be enhanced if there is greater awareness…

What is the good city?

The development of industrial capitalism in Europe gave rise to conditions that motivated the rise of modern urban planning. In Africa, urban models for ordering society emerged in the late 1930s. Andrew Byerley looks at the laboratory of urban Africa. Download full article here.

Tenure security and household investment decisions for urban sanitation: the case of Dakar, Senegal

This paper explores the relevance of householders’ security of tenure to their willingness to pay the capital and operational costs for sanitation in low-income urban areas. When the sanitation norm is self-managed on-site systems, as is the case in many low-income areas of towns and cities, household investment decisions in sanitation are inherently linked to tenure security. Based on evidence gathered in Dakar, Senegal, it…

The Challenges of Housing Development and Needs in Abuja, Nigeria

This paper examines the various efforts made by the Nigerian State through the Federal Captial Development Authority (FCDA) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) toprovide housing for the urban population of Abuja.It also examines the various stages of these programmes in the last thirty six years of the development of Abuja; the success so far recorded, the various challenges associated with it and the impact from land administration and land management…