• Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) in the City and the Quest for Poverty Reduction

    Urbanisation and the urban poverty reduction debate has lately entered centre stage of development discourse with the emerging trend that half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. In Malawi, urbanisation is growing at an unprecedented pace. In this paper I argue that the growing rural-urban trend calls for a concerted effort, including the participation of Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) whose potential to contribute to poverty reduction can be enhanced if there is greater awareness…

  • Global Monitoring Report 2013: Rural-Urban Dynamics

    Global Monitoring Report 2013: Rural-Urban Dynamics provides an in-depth analysis on urbanization as a force for poverty reduction and progress towards the MDGs in the developing world. With less than 1,000 days to go before the MDGs expire, the report highlights the need to accelerate efforts to improve the lives of the poor in both rural and urban areas.

  • What is the good city?

    The development of industrial capitalism in Europe gave rise to conditions that motivated the rise of modern urban planning. In Africa, urban models for ordering society emerged in the late 1930s. Andrew Byerley looks at the laboratory of urban Africa. Download full article here.

  • Urban planning and social inclusion, a study of Kigali city, Rwanda

    Urban planning has been widely defined as an attempt to select the best available alternatives to achieve specific goals. However, little attention has been addressed to the explicit description of those goals towards the city development. Cities, as we experience them and live in, are remarkably expanding all over the world with significant development of built environment towards better spatial organizations for higher returns and more efficient economies.

  • Malawi Reports: Urban Profiles of Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba

    UNHabitat released a series of urban profiles on Malawian cities Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba and Mzuzu, as well as a National Urban Profile. The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) is an accelerated and action-oriented urban assessment of needs and capacity-building gaps at national and local levels. It is currently being implemented in over 30 countries in Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Region.

  • Urbanisation and Development in South Africa: Economic Imperatives, Spatial Distortions and Strategic Responses

    South Africa is one of the most urbanised countries in Africa. Urbanisation has been a source of controversy posing dilemmas for successive governments and resulting in wide-ranging interventions to control it in various ways. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries a distinctive form of racial segregation was put in place, reflecting the needs of industrialisation for cheap migrant labour, but political nervousness about permanent urbanisation. After World War II political…

  • Urbanisation and Development in South Africa: Economic Imperatives, Spatial Distortions and Strategic Responses

    This paper outlines the experience of urbanisation in South Africa, which is now one of the most populous and urbanised countries in Africa. For over a century, urbanisation has been a source of controversy posing dilemmas for successive governments and resulting in wide-ranging interventions to control it in various ways. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a distinctive form of racially segregated urban development was put in place, reflecting the needs of the economy for cheap migrant labour to support rapid industrialisation…

  • Diamond mining, urbanisation and social transformation in Sierra Leone

    This contribution critically explores changing relationships between diamond mining and patterns of urbanisation in Sierra Leone. In providing an historical overview of mining expansion and contraction, the paper highlights the significant impacts that mining has had on the rural urban continuum, and how this has shaped political, economic and social change in diamondiferous regions. Focusing on Kono District, the effects of diamond mining on populations are evaluated before, during and after the civil war…

  • Angola’s planned and unplanned urban growth: diamond mining towns in the Lunda Provinces

    Mining towns in Angola have followed a different growth trajectory from urban agglomerations elsewhere on the continent. Colonial mining cities were treated as regional strategic locations mainly under the direction of mining companies, with an orientation towards natural and human resources management and planned urbanisation. As Angola became engulfed in civil war after independence in 1975, urban planning and control fell into disarray, which led to rapid and unplanned urban growth as rural populations fled the insecurity of the countryside. In the provinces of…

  • Exploring the connections: mining and urbanisation in Ghana

    Studies of mining and urbanisation have been primarily conducted independently of one another, with limited consideration of the inter-linkages between the two. This analysis seeks to fill this gap by exploring the links between mining and urbanisation in a Ghanaian context. Ghana is an interesting case as it is both endowed with significant mineral wealth and is highly urbanised, with a long history of urban settlement compared to most of sub-Saharan Africa. Mining and…