• How Cairo moves around the city

    Cairo’s traffic is often portrayed as a reflection of Egyptian society. The street life has transformed dramatically over the course of the past several decades due to the widening gap between rich and poor and the government’s timid policies on public transportation. While only 15 percent of Cairo’s population own private cars, the city functions […]

  • Hope in troubled waters: Developing water transport infrastructure in Lagos

    In West Africa’s most urbanized city, many experience that while “water no get enemy”, it certainly does pick and choose its friends. These words are part of the lyrical heritage bequeath by the late world-renowned Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, whose rally cries against military rule, corruption and colonialism resonate with his Lagosian kinsmen decades on. […]

  • Goma: Unsafe water poses an additional threat

    Thirty-one bodies have been collected from streets in and around the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) city of Goma since rebels took it over on 20 November. Ten were government troops (FARDC), the rest, civilians, according to an NGO worker. The guns may be silent and a sense of calm restored to the city, […]

  • Snapshot of an ancient city

    “Despite being very old, very big, very crowded and gloriously messy, it can’t quite claim to be the oldest, or biggest or grubbiest world metropolis.” This is how Max Rodenbeck, author of Cairo’s biography Cairo: The City Victorious (2000) describes his home city. “Cairo is not a city of superlatives,” he adds. However, it is […]

  • SADC Summit paves the way forward for regional development in infrastructure

    The major highlight of the Summit was the adoption of the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan Vision 2027, a 15-year blueprint that will guide the implementation of cross-border infrastructure projects between 2013 and 2027. “The plan will serve as a key strategic framework to guide the implementation of efficient, seamless and cost-effective trans-boundary infrastructure networks […]