• Disorderly Dakar: The cultural politics of household waste in Senegal’s capital city

    This paper analyses the crisis in light of waste management’s role as a fundamental urban public service, key employment sector, and visceral symbol of the city’s management. It examines how the institutional landscape of waste management took centre stage in a power struggle within the state that centred on reconfiguring the labour of ordering the city. At the same time, it reveals how the waste-workers’ union emerged…

  • Who will plan Africa’s cities?

    Africa Research Institute (ARI) is pleased to announce a new series of publications and events focusing on cities and urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa. The first publication in this series is “Who will plan Africa’s cities?” by Professor Vanessa Watson and Professor Babatunde Agbola of the Association of African Planning Schools. Most urban development in Africa is occurring in a non-planned and non-transparent manner. Without appropriate…

  • Alternative planning approaches and the sustainable cities programme in Nigeria

    Recent arguments have been in favour of urban planning systems and innovative approaches that must function as tools for achieving sustainable urbanization. This paper examines the application of the central methodology of the Sustainable Cities Programme in Nigeria and explores how it can contribute in the shift towards alternative urban planning approaches. Data were collected…

  • The political potential of displacement to urban areas: How has the “ethnic discourse” transformed the culturally polarized milieu in the Sudan?

    The article delves into migration within the Sudan, especially to Khartoum and other northern cities along the Blue Nile, in relation to water scarcity, livelihood insecurity, and the civil wars that resulted from the failed policies of the central government, and which disproportionately affected communities located in the broader, non-riverine zones of the Sudan. In this paper, Dr Hamid describes how…

  • To be or not to be: Urban refugees in Kampala

    In Uganda, refugee policy and programming is focused almost exclusively on providing protection and assistance to refugees residing in rural settlements. While international law allows refugees the right to freedom of movement and choice of residence, Ugandan legislation restricts refugees’ residency to rural settlements, subjecting those who wish to live outside of settlements and in urban centres to severe…

  • Multiple land regimes: Rethinking land governance in Maputo’s peri-urban spaces

    Africa’s increasing levels of urbanisation have significant implications for urban land. Growing populations imply that there is increasing pressure on cities to provide economic opportunities, housing, infrastructure and social services to existing and incoming urban dwellers.

  • Social Impact Assessment: International Principles

    This document serves as a discussion document for the impact assessment community. It promulgates a new understanding of SIA. It is intended that this be available to practitioners around the world. It can provide them with the basis for developing national guidelines in consultation with a range of stakeholders and users in their own countries. Download article here.

  • Kinshasa: An Urban Elite Considers City, Nation And State

    The declining salience of the nation state has led to an interest in whether other socially constructed forms, such as the city, have replaced it as a source of accumulation, belief and identity. This article seeks to explore whether this is true in the case of the capital of one of Africa’s least successful states, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A survey explored the views towards the city of Kinshasa on the past of a variety of middle-class professional people as potential leaders in different occupations resident in different quarters of the city with roots in different parts of the DRC. Despite their…

  • A World Class African Metropolis

    When it was formed in 2008, critics hastily dismissed the Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development as unnecessary political baggage for the taxpayer and even predicted that it would be a flop. But the first Minister to hold the docket, Mr Mutula Kilonzo, now Justice Minister, shrugs off such insinuations: “We want to transform Nairobi into a major wealth creation hub that will change the lifestyle of its residents”. Pointing out that his vision…

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