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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.
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Whose Land Is It Anyway? The failure of land law reform in Kenya By Ambreenja Manji

Land is a “key fault line” in Kenya. Throughout East Africa land law reform has been pursued at the expense of substantive land reform. New laws have not been redistributive or transformative in a positive way.
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Participatory budgeting: 8 things you should know

Eight things you should know about participatory budgeting. Including the types of projects that can be funded, the origins of the approach and some limitations.
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Participation, with a little more bite by Edgar Pieterse

Edgar Pieterse argues that recasting participation as a genuine force of social transformation requires a frank assessment of power relations in cities across Africa and the world.
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Book Review: Africa’s Urban Revolution

Hannah Gibson reviews “Africa’s Urban Revolution” and finds it to be a welcome and vital addition to a burgeoning field, presented in a highly readable and engaging manner.