Juggling Administrative Institutions: Local State Actors and the Management of Urban Space in Kumasi, Ghana

Ghana’s local governments are arenas for autonomous policy decisions following its 1988 decentralization program. These structures evolve and regulate economic and physical development plans in their jurisdictions.

The Effect of Fear of Crime and Crime Victimization on Subjective Well-Being in Africa

This paper examines how fear of crime and crime victimization affect the well-being of people in Africa.

Small Area Census Approach to Measure the Township Informal Economy in South Africa

This article describes a research approach to undertaking a small area census to identify informal economy activity using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative tools.

World Cities Report 2016

Report from UN Habitat unequivocally demonstrates that the current urbanization model is unsustainable in many respects.

One Nation, Two Planning Systems? Spatial Planning and Multi-Level Policy Integration in Ghana

This paper examines the key features of Ghana’s spatial planning system focusing on the mechanisms and challenges of policy integration in practice.

Getting urbanization to work in Africa: the role of the urban land-infrastructure-finance nexus, Area Development and Policy

The stakes are high for efforts to ensure that urbanization reinforces rather than retards prosperity, yet urban policies are frequently ambivalent and piecemeal. The development trajectory of cities hinges on the quality of their physical foundations, which underpin functional efficiency and will endure for many decades.

Developing an appropriate land use methodology to promote spatially just, formal retail areas in developing countries: The case of the City of Cape Town, South Africa

This paper initiates a long overdue conversation regarding the relationship between land use management and social justice within a developing world context, and in formal retail areas, and aims to set out ways in which land use management can be made more relevant.

A better zoning system for South Africa?

This paper considers the role of land use management within SPLUMA and the criteria for an appropriate system in circumstances of weak municipal government capacity.

Efficiency of urban water supply in Sub-Saharan Africa: Does organization and regulation matter?

Using a model, this paper compares the technical efficiency of urban water utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa countries.

Assessing urban growth and rural land use transformations in a cross-border situation in Northern Namibia and Southern Angola

This inter-disciplinary paper maps land use changes to assess urban growth in the Okavango.