Circular Economies as an Answer to the Waste Crisis: Lessons Learnt

By |2020-04-21T08:42:07+02:00April 21st 2020|energy & waste, green & smart development, , , , |

The world’s cities have a critical role to play in supporting global sustainability efforts and tackling climate change. Effective waste management lies at the very core of these ambitions, says Donovan Storey from the Global Green Growth Institute.

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Khartoum: Urban Chaos and the Reclaiming of City Character

By |2020-02-13T09:19:26+01:00February 13th 2020|housing & informality, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , |

An integral part of urban culture, the form of cities' built environment has considerable impact on the quality of urban life. Elaborating on the case of Khartoum, Sudan, Khalafalla Omer makes a case for a new approach in urban planning policies.

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Media Making an Impact: #ChangeOurPicture

By |2020-01-30T11:08:01+01:00January 30th 2020|housing & informality, , , , , |

A photo competition called for urban residents in African countries to portray how they use media to change the narrative on their environment. Slum Dwellers International presents some beautiful results of the #ChangeOurPicture competition.

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A Spark of Hope: Making Nairobi’s Slums Fire Resilient

By |2020-01-09T13:11:05+01:00January 9th 2020|basic infrastructure & housing, climate change & resilience, housing & informality, , , , |

High density and poor building materials make informal settlements extremely prone to fire hazards. The Nairobi-based enterprise Kwangu Kwako has developed a housing model that, while being truly affordable, increases fire resilience and thus positively affects many aspects of residents' lives.

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Let Them Play! Nairobi through a Child’s Eye

By |2019-11-14T13:16:27+01:00November 14th 2019|basic infrastructure & housing, , , , , |

The number of children living in urban areas is on the rise. However, this is not reflected in cities' infrastructures. Rapid development is shrinking the amount of suitable and safe play areas for children. Using Nairobi as an example, Peninah Ndegwa, founder of Wow Mom Kenya, reflects on why and how cities should become more child-friendly.

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Smart Cities and Slum Resilience

By |2019-10-08T10:09:20+02:00October 8th 2019|climate change & resilience, smart & digital development, , , , , |

The concept of smart cities brings with it both risks and opportunities for informal settlements. Through technical innovation, they do have the potential of making slums more resilient, argues Laurinda Godjo – if they are not only smart cities but also inclusive cities.

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Urban Design and Child Road Safety

By |2019-07-04T11:34:57+02:00July 4th 2019|urban mobility, , , , |

Walking to school is a life-threatening endeavour to many African children, where road safety measures – if existent at all – fail to recognise the special needs of children. Ayikai Poswayo, Programme Director at Amend, outlines what urban engineering needs to focus on to make cities safer for children.

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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+01:00March 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+01:00February 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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