African Cities — Built for Wealth Consumption Not Creation

by Daniel Knowles A few days before Christmas, I had the most tense journey to an airport of my life. I was in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I had been reporting on the end of President Joseph Kabila’s term (he had refused to step down, despite being constitutionally limited to …

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Brutalising food vendors hurts Africa’s growing cities

Danielle Resnick, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) In January this year, the Harare City Council in Zimbabwe accused informal food vendors of spreading typhoid. The council then attempted to confiscate, and destroy, all perishable food items that were being hawked in the central business district. Many vendors fought back, resulting in deadly clashes …

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Smaller African cities need sustainable energy intervention

Louise Tait, University of Cape Town Africa is experiencing a massive flow of people into urban areas. This is happening in major urban centres such as Lagos, Accra and Dar es Salaam as well as in smaller and secondary cities. The pace at which this urban growth is happening inevitably puts strain on city authorities. …

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Urbanisation reducing Ghanaian smallholders’ lands

By Samuel Hinneh [ACCRA] Fertile farmlands are rapidly declining in Ghana due to pressure from population growth and urbanisation, threatening rural livelihoods and food security, according to a new report. The report says Ghana’s urban areas are expanding at a rate of 3.5 per cent annually as a result of a rising population. The report …

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Done right, urbanisation can boost living standards in Africa

Patricia Jones, University of Oxford Sub-Saharan African countries are urbanising fast. Currently, 335 million people are living in urban areas across the continent and this number is expected to double in the next twenty-five years. But as African cities have grown so have their problems. They are more congested than they were a decade ago, …

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