Integration of antenatal syphilis screening in an urban HIV clinic: a feasibility study

Syphilis infection during pregnancy leads to avoidable morbidity and mortality and remains a significant problem in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite global initiatives to increase the proportion of pregnant women screened, implementation has been slow. This research sought to investigate the feasibility of adding syphilis screening within an integrated antenatal urban HIV clinic.

Community resistance to megaprojects: The case of the N2 Gateway project in Joe Slovo informal settlement, Cape Town

Interactions between megaproject interventions and local communities represents critical subjects of investigation as national and metropolitan governments are using large-scale investments in urban landscapes as pillars of their growth strategies. This article analyses community resistance to the large-scale housing project N2 Gateway in the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Langa township, Cape Town.

Urban Egypt: On the Road from Revolution to the State? Governance, the Built Environment, and Social Justice

Building on the work of “TADAMUN: The Cairo Urban Solidarity Initiative,” and in light of global experiences in participatory local governance, this article argues that reforming local government through institutionalizing communication channels between citizens and the state and broadening their engagement through coalitions, creating new channels for government accountability and responsiveness, and providing more equitable services, may help meet the demands for social injustice generated by the 2011 Revolution and consolidate the democratic process in Egypt.

Urban health in Africa: looking beyond the MDGs

This short paper highlights the importance of context for understanding urban health in Africa, drawing in particular on the case of Ghana, and sketches out the implications of this new context in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Connecting African urban areas: airline networks and intra-Sub-Saharan trade

This paper examines the network of intra-Sub-Saharan African airline connections to highlight the differential access enjoyed by the region’s largest cities.

The Future of Water in African Cities: Why Waste Water?

By 2030, Africa’s urban population will double, and the difficulties African cities currently face in providing sustainable water services will be exacerbated. The Future of Water in African Cities: Why Waste Water? argues that the traditional approach of one source, one system, and one discharge cannot close the water gap. A more integrated, sustainable, and flexible approach, which takes into account new concepts such as water fit to a purpose, is needed in African cities.This study provides examples of cities in Africa and beyond that have already implemented Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) approaches both in terms of technical and institutional solutions.

Urban morphology dynamics and environmental change in Kano, Nigeria

Drawing on the qualitative analysis of graphic information and classical and contemporary literature, the centuries-old spatial morphology of Kano is traced and analysed. The paper highlights how change in the roles of traditional institutions of urban land administration have triggered the degeneration of the city’s resilient indigenous urban morphology.

Disaster risk and its reduction: an agenda for urban Africa

Populations and assets, in African cities, small and large, are among the most vulnerable to disaster risk globally. Climate change and demographic shifts add urgency and uncertainty. This paper outlines priorities for research responding to this challenge.

South Africa: values of trees in urban landscapes in two towns in northern South Africa

Trees in urban landscapes provide a variety of tangible and intangible benefits (ecosystem services) that may be valued differently across diverse households and individuals. Here, we consider how the benefits and values of trees to urban residents vary across public and private spaces in three low income neighbourhoods in two medium-sized towns in northern South Africa.

Polycentric development in the Cape Town city region: Empirical assessment and consideration of spatial policy implications.

Ken Sinclair-Smith (2015). Polycentric development in the Cape Town city region: Empirical assessment and consideration of spatial policy implications. Development Southern Africa, 32 (2): 131-150   Abstract   The concept of the ‘polycentric urban region’ has been popularised both as a theoretical concept for understanding regional urban systems in an era of reduced transport and communication costs, and … Continued