Boosting Urban Development in Africa Through New Mechanisms of Financing

By |2019-06-18T10:30:27+02:00June 18th 2019|municipal & climate finance, , , , ,

With the sectors for development and finance closely intertwined, a municipality's financing mechanism of choice significantly influences its development path. Khady Sarr, Programme Director of the Dakar Municipal Finance Programme, outlines several models and explains the advantages of bond loans – for municipalities and investors alike.

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The Future is Community-led: How People Are Improving Their Neighbourhoods Across Africa

By |2019-05-16T22:17:24+02:00May 16th 2019|housing & informality, , , , , , , ,

All across Africa, the most rapidly urbanising continent, locals are taking action to improve their neighbourhoods and get access to adequate housing and services. Leading up the UN Habitat Assembly, URBANET presents examples from Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

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Infrastructure and SDGs in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

By |2019-04-30T08:44:32+02:00April 30th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, governance & finance, , , , , , ,

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, commits to implementation of the SDGs. To this end, the city focusses on sustainable construction, always ensuring to align the SDGs with national policies.

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Sustainable Development from Electronic Waste in Lomé, Togo

By |2019-04-24T09:50:49+02:00April 24th 2019|energy & waste, green & smart development, , , , ,

The large amount of electronic waste is a serious challenge in Lomé, Togo. At WoeLab, tech-savvy young people come up with solutions that clean the environment, ensure recycling of electronic waste, and educate residents on how to manage and valorise their electronic waste.

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Importing Used Electronics from Developed Countries to Nigeria: Problems and Solutions

By |2019-04-17T09:23:43+02:00April 17th 2019|energy & waste, , , ,

While Nigeria has made a leap in access to information communication technology (ICT) and the Internet in the past two decades, many of its residents still depend on imported used electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE). Since many of them turn out to be waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), they worsen the challenge of electronic waste management. Prof. Oladele Osibanjo and Dr. Innocent Nnorom discuss this trade along with its environmental and human health implications.

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Through the Gender Lens: Recommendations for Municipal Waste Management

By |2019-04-16T09:51:52+02:00April 16th 2019|energy & waste, , , , ,

In Bamenda, Cameroon, municipal waste management remains blind to how gender roles shape waste generation. Hedwig K. Ngwa Akum analyses how bridging the gender gap between waste generation and waste management would improve sanitation in the city.

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Understanding and Tracking Affordable Housing Investment Opportunities in Africa

By |2019-03-12T11:20:28+02:00March 12th 2019|housing & informality, municipal & climate finance, , , , ,

Housing has become a policy issue that interests not only housing departments and local construction authorities, but Central Banks and financial players as well. Kecia Rust from the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) explains why housing has become an investment opportunity, and the role that policy makers play.

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Having a Say in What Affects Your Life: Youth Participation in Kumasi, Ghana

By |2019-02-21T09:40:07+02:00February 21st 2019|urban & metropolitan governance, , , , , , ,

In Ghana, several policies and laws aim at including youth in urban planning processes. In reality, however, youth do not take part in city development. Emmanuelle Laurinda Godjo analyses the causes and suggests measures that authorities should take.

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Act Globally, Act Locally

By |2019-02-14T13:07:39+02:00February 14th 2019|economic development, smart & digital development, , , , ,

An oft mentioned phrase in development parlance is “think globally, act locally”. Yet, when the change we seek is improved livelihoods globally, is local action enough? Doug Ragan, Rolf Wichmann, and Raphael Obonyo claim that local action is critical yet can’t be done in isolation of national and international realities. In their article, they explore different interventions that can be utilised to address the issue of improving youth livelihoods through interventions from the local to the global.

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More Than Income: How Selling Household Items Can Transform Slum Communities

By |2019-02-12T10:24:18+02:00February 12th 2019|climate change & resilience, decent work, economic development, , , , ,

"LivelyHoods" forges economic opportunities for youth and women in Kenyan slums – while at the same time promoting clean energy. What are the project's success factors and what challenges does it face?

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Youth Employment in Lagos, Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities

By |2019-02-07T09:09:34+02:00February 7th 2019|decent work, economic development, , , , , ,

In Lagos, youth are believed to constitute about 50 per cent of the population, equalling over 10 million people. Facing high rates unemployment and an ever-growing population, decision-makers need to understand both the challenges and the opportunities that characterise youth employment in Lagos, argues Oje Ivagba

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Rural-Urban Migration and Youth Unemployment in Nigeria: Why Public Programmes Fail

By |2019-02-06T12:04:21+02:00February 6th 2019|decent work, economic development, , , , , ,

With many young Nigerians relocating from rural to urban areas, unemployment is on the rise. Charles Ogheneruonah Eghweree and Festus Imuetinyan sketch out possible policy responses.

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Creative Industries in South Africa: An Engine for Urban Regeneration

By |2019-02-05T13:02:49+02:00February 5th 2019|economic development, , , , , ,

The concept of “creative cities” enjoys widespread popularity. Oluwayemisi Adebola Oyekunle explains how the creative industries are contributing to urban revitalisation in South Africa.

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Urban Regeneration After Catastrophe: The Fire at Omdurman Market

By |2019-01-30T09:46:50+02:00January 29th 2019|economic development, , , ,

After the failed response of the local government to the fire at Omdurman Market, it is time to think about an adequate urban regeneration plan that would boost local economic development in Omdurman City, says Khalafalla Omer.

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Can Urban Planning Serve Local Economic Development?

By |2019-01-24T13:54:12+02:00January 15th 2019|economic development, , , , , ,

In Kampala, Uganda, the immensely fast rate of urbanisation makes it hard for urban planners to keep up with developments. Madina Guloba argues that this makes it more important than ever for sustainable urban planning to keep local economic development (LED) approaches in mind.

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