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Cities

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The geopolitics of African urban transformation by Tom Goodfellow

Tom Goodfellow reflects on how geopolitics is shaping Africa's urban transformation and what that might me for the future of cities on the continent
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Habitat III: “a critical opportunity for Africa” By Edward Paice

As the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development closes, ARI’s director selects salient facts and features from the comprehensive Habitat III Regional Report for Africa
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Urban land and conflict in the global South by Melanie Lombard & Carole Rakodi

Melanie Lombard and Carole Rakodi on what to consider when analyzing acess to land and conflict.
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L’Émission de l’obligation municipale à Dakar : Le Conte de Deux Cités par Edward Paice

PDF version La croissance des grandes villes d’Afrique est si rapide que les gouvernements centraux et municipaux s’en trouvent accablés. Il y a un manque de planification stratégique ; des lacunes dans la prestation de services de base aux résidents s’élargissent de plus en...
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Power to the people? Prepaid electricity in Mozambique by Idalina Baptista

Idalina Baptista explores how prepaid electricity in Maputo is challenging traditional ways of rolling out urban infrastructure.
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Sustainable funding for Africa’s cities 15 June 2016

Event on "Sustainable funding for Africa’s cities" with Professor Susan Parnell & Jeremy Gorelick
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Dakar’s municipal bond issue: A tale of two cities

This Briefing note describes an attempt by the city of Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to launch the first municipal bond in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) area, and considers the ramifications of the central government blocking the initiative.
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Africa’s informal economies

Speakers: Marty Chen (Co-founder, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing – WIEGO), Kate Meagher (LSE), Verner Ayukegba (IHS)
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Who Really Governs Urban Ghana? by Mohammed Awal and Jeffrey Paller

Slums play a central role in Ghanaian politics. The way that they are really governed, how “hidden” informal networks interact with formal politics, and how citizens hold their leaders to account, are too often overlooked.
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Flooding in Freetown: a failure of planning?

In September 2015 floods in Freetown killed seven people and rendered several thousand homeless. Jamie Hitchen explores the systematic failings of city management that exacerbate the problems caused by heavy rainfall.