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Reframing the urban challenge in Africa

Knowledge co-production from the South

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04 December 2020

Ntombini Marrengane, Sylvia Croese

English

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Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Angola

This book explores the changing dynamics and challenges behind the rapid expanse of Africa's urban population.

Africa's urban age is underway. With the world's fastest-growing urban population, the continent is rapidly transforming from one that is largely rural, to one that is largely urban. Often facing limited budgets, those tasked with managing African cities require empirical evidence on the nature of demands for infrastructure, escalating environmental hazards, and ever-expanding informal settlements. Drawing on the work of the African Urban Research Initiative, this book brings together contributions from local researchers investigating key themes and challenges within their own contexts. An important example of urban knowledge co-production, this book demonstrates the regional diversity that can be seen as the main feature of African urbanism, with even well-accepted concepts such as informality manifesting in markedly different ways from place to place. It provides an important nuanced perspective on the heterogeneity of African cities and the challenges they face, this book will be an important resource for researchers across development studies, African studies, and urban studies.

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Africa

Angola

Built environment

Climate Change/Resilience

Economics

Egypt

Food security

Food security

Ghana

Housing

Human settlements

Informal sector

Infrastructure

Kenya

Land

Livelihoods

Markets

Peri-urban

Policy

Poverty & inequality

Rural

South Africa

Sustainability

Tenure

Transport

Urban

Urban and Regional Dynamics

Zambia

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