The physical transformation of Addis Ababa by Geo Kalev

The State of Addis Ababa 2017: The city we want

The State of Addis Ababa 2017 report, published by UN-Habitat is aimed at providing a comprehensive assessment of existing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the city, shedding light on the impacts of on-going fast paced urbanisation.

Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: A practical guide

Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: A Practical Guide

African Centre for Cities launches a new publication Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: A Practical Guide.

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Climate Change Reference Atlas – South Africa

The South African Weather Service has released a Climate Change Reference Atlas providing accurate benchmarks for climate change in the country.

Atlas of Africa Energy Resources

Atlas of Africa Energy Resources

Interested in Africa’s energy sector and the opportunities and challenges for sustainable development of the energy resources on the continent? The newly published Atlas of Africa Energy Resources will shed some light on the subject. The Atlas of Africa Energy Resources, developed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) in … Continued

Integrated Urban Development Framework

Integrated Urban Development Framework: A New Deal for South African Cities and Towns

The Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) is a policy initiative of the South African government, which seeks to foster a shared understanding across government and society about how best to manage urbanisation and achieve the goals of economic development, job creation and improved living conditions in South African cities.


Cairo: Restoration? And the Limits of Street Politics

In this piece, I argue that the city of Cairo has witnessed unprecedented urban transformations for the past 4 years, owing to urban wars and confrontations during the two regimes that followed Mubarak’s ouster. Street politics, although mesmerizing, have been highly exhausting. With the reemergence of the army in civil life, after the ousting of … Continued

Shanghai City Architecture Urban Planning Model

‘Negotiated planning’: Diverse trajectories of implementation in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Harare

This paper unpacks how plans are implemented in three African cities: Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Harare.

Kumasi, Ghana

Urbanisation in Ghana: Residential land use under siege in Kumasi central

Paper provides analysis of urbanisation in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi in relation to its impacts on commercialization of residential land.


Toward the networked city? Translating technological ideals and planning models in water and sanitation systems in Dar es Salaam

Paper addresses the contradiction between the ideal of the ‘networked city’ and the reality of unequal access to water and sanitation services in Dar es Salaam.


Urban air pollution in Sub-Saharan Africa: Time for action

Article outlines measures for addressing urban air pollution and its associated health impacts in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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