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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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Ouest-France, 18 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen spoke about some of the underlying urban issues and government inaction which contributed to the deadly floods and mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone (in French).
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Thomson Reuters Foundation, 17 August 2017

The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked aid organisations, land rights activists and researchers what lessons Sierra Leone can learn from the mudslide to avert such crises in the future. One of those experts was ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen.
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AFP Africa, 17 August 2017

Jamie Hitchen, ARI's Policy Researcher , told AFP that poor urban planning had been a problem for years in Freetown, but that the government response had "broadly been one of inaction".
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Quartz Africa, 16 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen was quoted by Quartz Africa talking about the failure of political action to address underlying urban issues in Freetown in light of recent mudslides and flooding.
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The Wall Street Journal,15 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher, Jamie Hitchen was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal on the flooding and mudslides that have killed hundreds in Freetown. He spoke on how unaddressed urban-management challenges were a factor in the disaster.
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BBC World Service, 15 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen spoke to the BBC World Service's Newshour programme about the devastating mudslides and floods which have affected Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. 
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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.
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Rapid Urbanisation in sub-Saharan Africa is a fallacy

It is frequently asserted that urbanisation levels are rising faster in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else in the world. In the latest Counterpoint from Africa Research Institute, “Whatever happened to Africa’s rapid urbanisation?”, Dr. Deborah Potts presents evidence to show...