SDGs: what local govts need to know

Report from UCLG explains how each of the SDGs relates to the daily work of local and regional governments.

Making the invisible visible: generating data on ‘slums’ at local, city and global scales

Report from Shack/Slum Dwellers International describes how the largest set of data on slums was built and how it is being developed.

What will housing megaprojects do to SA’s cities?

A series of new megaprojects, designed to accelerate housing delivery, is on the cards in South Africa but these schemes threaten to reinforce urban fragmentation, inefficiency and exclusion.

Land delivery systems in West African cities: the example of Bamako, Mali

This publication proposes a systemic approach to analysing land delivery systems in Bamako, Mali.

Kenneth Gardens Community Project Annual Report 2014

The 2014 annual report for the Kenneth Gardens Community Engagement Project is available here.

World Bank: Housing consumption and urbanization

The World Bank document offers a report on regional patterns affecting housing markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Urban Land Question

Shandu, M. et al. (2014) The Urban Land Question, in Leyba, J. (ed.) The People’s Law Journal, Issue 2, September 2014.   Foreword Most of the national debate around land injustice focuses on rural land and the slow progress of restitution of the vast tracts of land owned by mainly white farmers, corporations, and the state. […]

Innovative communal sanitation models for the urban poor: Lessons from Uganda

This paper reports on the construction and management processes related to two toilet blocks in Uganda, one in Jinja and one in Kampala. Designs, financial models and insights into the process and challenges faced are presented and reflected on.

“Xenophobia” in South Africa: Order, Chaos, and the Moral Economy of Witchcraft

Jason Hickel (2014).  “Xenophobia” in South Africa: Order, Chaos, and the Moral Economy of Witchcraft. Cultural Anthropology, Volume 29, Issue 1,  pages 103–127. Abstract This article explores the violent, anti-immigrant riots that swept through informal settlements in South Africa in 2008, during which more than sixty foreigners were killed and more than one hundred thousand […]

CITIES OF HOPE: Young people and opportunity in South Africa’s cities

Although about 60 per cent of South Africans live in urban areas, the country is comparatively under-urbanised and key policy makers remain ambivalent about the desirability of further urbanisation. International experience shows that there are considerable economic and employment benefits to be derived from the dynamic urbanisation process and from managing cities well. South Africa’s […]