Instruments for analysing urban conflicts in the Global South: The case of urban transformation processes in Dakar

Eva Álvarez de Andrés, José Miguel Fernández Güell and Harry Smith in Habitat International, Volume 49, October 2015.

Physical and social transformation processes that take place in urban contexts with strong spatial growth and hardly any economic development frequently have significant adverse impacts for the affected people, which tend to be made invisible. This paper presents an analytical framework to explore different ways to approach urban transformation processes (supply side), their impacts on the set of needs of the community (demand side) and their consequences on the urban environment as a whole (context). The proposed method has been used to assess three actions related to the physical and social transformation of the largest self-made settlement in the city of Dakar, Senegal, during the 2005–2012 period. Research findings show how exogenous interests are privileged over the common good when the affected citizens are not effectively involved in decision-making processes.

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Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher Habitat International
Year 2015
Author(s) Eva Álvarez de Andrés, José Miguel Fernández Güell, and Harry Smith
DOI 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.05.021
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