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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The Need for Radical Transformation: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Cape Town, South Africa

By |2018-11-27T10:29:11+02:00November 27th 2018|climate change & resilience, , , , , , ,

It can no longer be denied that climate change has severe effects on our daily lives. As a response, the City of Cape Town has developed a policy that acknowledges climate change impacts as a pressing social and economic issue.

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Casa Minha Nosso Bairro: Inclusive Urban Development in Maputo, Mozambique

By |2018-11-08T12:20:42+02:00November 8th 2018|basic infrastructure & housing, housing & informality, , , , ,

Projects aimed at the upgrading of settlements often face the question of how to increase living standards for all residents – while keeping housing costs at a level affordable for the original population. The initiative "Casa Minha Nosso Bairro" takes an innovative approach towards this issue, aiming at living conditions that nurture a peaceful living environment for all urban residents

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Cape Town, South Africa: Building a Network of Street Enthusiasts

By |2018-11-06T10:55:51+02:00November 6th 2018|global urban debates, urban mobility, , , , ,

What is the glue holding our cities together? Marcela Guerrero, co-founder and managing director at Open Streets Cape Town, believes that the answer lies in the streets. In an open exchange with others, the initiative is building a network of fellow street enthusiasts in the Global South.

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Lagos: The Gaps Between Urban Policy and Urban Reality

By |2018-10-30T11:24:28+02:00October 30th 2018|governance & finance, mutli stakeholder partnerships, urban & metropolitan governance, , , , ,

In Lagos, Nigeria, Public Private Partnerships (PPP) are common in urban planning projects. But whom do they benefit: people or profit? Dr Taibat Lawanson argues that the city's urban development strategy focusses too much on PPPs and thus favours profit over people – and calls to the state government to shift its focus back to a policy that benefits all citizens.

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