Urbanisation

Where are Kampala’s missing houses?

Kampala is facing a dearth of affordable formal housing. Rural-urban migration, limited access to mortgage finance, and a host of other factors are all straining its housing sector. It is imperative for planners to think of innovative and sustainable ways to address this issue, argue Astrid Haas and Thierry Hoza Ngoga.

Rapid urbanisation across sub-Saharan Africa has had far-reaching implications […]

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    Book Review: Open City Lagos by HBS Nigeria, Nsibidi Institute Lagos and Fabulous Urban Zurich

Book Review: Open City Lagos by HBS Nigeria, Nsibidi Institute Lagos and Fabulous Urban Zurich

Kate Dawson says Open City Lagos does well to facilitate an open dialogue, setting the tone for future discussions on cities and inclusivity.

 

New Urban Worlds

In 2016, UN Habitat released the World Cities Report, warning that global urbanisation would continue apace at unprecedented rates, ushering in ‘new urban worlds’ (Simone and Pieterse, 2017) throughout the twenty-first century. We are told that […]

Why metropolitan governance structures matter: Kampala

Structuring metropolitan governance is largely dictated by administrative jurisdictions. Population and financing variables are also influential, with the power to determine the social, political and economic prosperity of the country at large, write Astrid Haas and Enid Slack.
Metropolises
Metropolitan areas are important hubs for economic activity around the world, particularly in less developed countries where they provide the foundation for […]

February 7th, 2018|Featured, Urbanisation|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Urban Revolt: State Power and the Rise of People’s Movements in the Global South, edited by Trevor Ngwane, Luke Sinwell and Immanuel Ness

Book Review – Urban Revolt: State Power and the Rise of People’s Movements in the Global South, edited by Trevor Ngwane, Luke Sinwell and Immanuel Ness

Fabien Cante says this book is an exciting and  hopeful compendium of urban struggles across the Global South. 

Urban Revolt is an edited collection bringing together case studies of grassroots mobilization in cities of Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Two of the editors, Trevor Ngwane and Luke Sinwell, are based in South Africa, and the South African context acts as […]

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    Book Review: Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development edited by Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Book Review: Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development edited by Mthuli Ncube and Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

Emmanuel Zwanbin says this book is a must-read for policymakers, academics and researchers on Africa’s infrastructure development issues.

Ncube and Lufumpa’s book Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development offers an in-depth information on the state of infrastructure in Africa as a fragmented sector in need of harmonisation.  With commanding statistical data, the authors argued that cooperation and coordination will enhance […]

Neglected drivers of urbanisation in Africa

The common assumption that rural-to-urban migration is the primary source of rapid urban population growth in Africa is flawed. Natural population increase within urban areas and rural transformation are also important forces. Policies aimed at easing population pressure in urban areas by discouraging migration are therefore unlikely to succeed, argues Sean Fox.

Most economists and policymakers assume that rural-urban migration […]

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    Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

This book is accessible in the best sense of the term and yet offers complex ideas and challenges to traditional planning norms that have shaped a geography of vulnerability across Maputo, says Jonathan Silver.

The climate crisis is not an uncertain future or purely scientific debate but a frighteningly real present that particularly threatens coastal, low-lying cities that an estimated […]

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    Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Reading List: Most Popular @AfricaAtLSE Book Reviews of 2016

Welcome to our look back to our most popular book reviews of 2016.

Book Review – Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi Edited by Gérard Prunier and Éloi Ficquet – An impressive volume, one which contains a wealth of information on the historical, cultural and religious underpinnings of the landlocked country in the Horn of Africa, […]

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    Book Review – Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds by Filip De Boeck and Sammy Baloji

Book Review – Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds by Filip De Boeck and Sammy Baloji

In Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds, Filip DeBoeck and Sammy Baloji generate an analysis that stretches our thinking about urban life. LSE’s Kate Dawson calls this book an important reference for anyone interested in urban life.

How we talk about urban phenomena matters. It matters not only because of the (perhaps overly declared) projections of an […]

October 21st, 2016|Featured, Urbanisation|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Slumming It: The Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty by Fabian Frenzel

Book Review: Slumming It: The Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty by Fabian Frenzel

Slumming It: The Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty is exceptional in its efforts to understand slum tourism as a global industry, a symbolic practice and a specific logic of care, says Dagna Rams.

 

It might be difficult to view tourists squeezing a favela tour between a visit to Copacabana and a samba night as not taking part in the commodification […]

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