Understanding Dynamics of Urban Poverty in Nigeria: What Role for Urban Governance?

By |2021-09-14T11:54:41+02:00September 14th 2021|Categories: Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , , |

How are rapid urbanisation, urban poverty, and slums' emergence interconnected in Nigeria? And what areas of urban governance should local governments focus on if they are to successfully tackle urban poverty? Bassey Bassey shares some reflections.

How a Misdirected Land Use Law Disregards Coastal Dwellers’ Rights

By |2021-03-25T10:33:04+01:00March 25th 2021|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Governance & Finance|Tags: , , , |

Lagos' Waterfront Infrastructure Development Law facilitates the sacrifice of the rights of coastal residents to commercial real estate development. Omotayo Odukola on the constitution and unjust implementation of a land use law.

Mapping Makoko: A Community Stating its Right to Exist

By |2021-08-18T10:37:42+02:00September 24th 2020|Categories: Housing & Informality, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

Makoko, one of Lagos' largest slums, used to be a blank spot on the map for most of its history. This has been changing with a community-based digital mapping project that enables the residents to articulate their rights.

Local Governance in Nigeria: An Unsettling State of Affairs

By |2020-09-01T09:25:29+02:00September 1st 2020|Categories: Decentralisation, Governance & Finance|Tags: , , , |

Local governments in Nigeria have financial autonomy – technically. Idayat Hassan, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development in Abuja, reveals why they are still severely disempowered and what needs to be done to revive them.

How Local Governments Can Support Micro-Businesses and Start-Ups

By |2019-08-13T09:58:35+02:00August 13th 2019|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , , |

Start-ups and Micro-businesses drive innovation and quality control and provide employment. The intervention of local governments can create conditions where such small businesses can thrive, says Ayodotun Stephen Ibidunni.

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

By |2021-07-23T14:28:58+02:00April 17th 2019|Categories: Energy & Waste|Tags: , , , |

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.

Youth Employment in Lagos, Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities

By |2020-06-22T12:43:43+02:00February 7th 2019|Categories: Decent Work, Economic Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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

By |2020-06-22T12:43:52+02:00February 6th 2019|Categories: Decent Work, Economic Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , , , , |

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.

Lagos: The Gaps Between Urban Policy and Urban Reality

By |2021-02-23T13:59:18+01:00October 30th 2018|Categories: Governance & Finance, Multi Stakeholder Partnerships, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , , |

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.

Urban Slums in Nigeria: Ensuring Healthy Living Conditions

By |2021-08-18T11:18:42+02:00October 25th 2018|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Housing & Informality, Urban Health|Tags: , , , , , |

Many of Lagos’ residents live in informal settlements with no or limited access to basic services. With new immigrants arriving from rural areas every day, pressure increases on the already poor living conditions. Comprehensive action is needed to tackle interconnected social, environmental and health issues, says Olaoluwa Pheabian Akinwale.

The Lagos Water Crisis: Any Role for the Private Sector?

By |2021-08-18T12:43:37+02:00August 28th 2018|Categories: Basic Infrastructure & Housing, Governance & Finance, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, Water & Sanitation|Tags: , , , , |

Lagos is suffering from severe water shortage due to profit-oriented politics. Akinbode Oluwafemi points out the conflicts and problems around the privatisation of the water sector and offers alternative solutions for one of the world’s most populous cities.

How to Reduce Nigeria’s Urban Carbon Footprint

By |2021-07-23T15:06:57+02:00July 24th 2018|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, Green & Smart Development|Tags: , , , |

By increasing the share of renewables in Nigeria’s energy production, a growing urban population will be able to attain energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions will go down, says author Ifeoma Malo from Power for All.

How Nigerian Grassroots Women Promote Sustainable Urban Development

By |2021-02-22T13:25:12+01:00June 7th 2018|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Youth & Gender|Tags: , |

Women at the grassroots are experts in the challenges that urban communities are facing every day. As they fulfil different roles from working informal jobs to caring for children and senior citizens, their input is essential in localising the New Urban Agenda in a way that it meets the needs of all citizens. Dr. Limota Goroso Giwa reports on the involvement of grassroots women in urban development in Nigeria.

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