Monthly Archives: November 2013

Infrastructural ideals across African cities
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Infrastructural ideals across African cities

In this commentary Sophie Schramm explains her new research  with Jochen Monstadt on the infrastructural ideal in African cities Translating urban infrastructure ideals and planning models: adaptation and creativity in water and sanitation systems in African cities. The research project is part of a wider programme that focuses on the transfer and thereby translation of […]

Its time to pay the climate debt: Financing a low carbon urban Africa
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Its time to pay the climate debt: Financing a low carbon urban Africa

 Jonathan Silver argues that carbon financing for cities is flawed and is failing to support urban Africa in addressing climate change and development imperatives. At the recent ICLEI Local Climate Solutions conference in Dar es Salaam the Vice President of Tanzania, Mohamed Gharib Bilal addressed the assembled participants at the opening plenary. He argued that […]

Boda-Boda! Rethinking Unregulated Urban Transport in the Global South
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Boda-Boda! Rethinking Unregulated Urban Transport in the Global South

James Evans focuses on boda-boda motorcycle taxis in Uganda to ask how current thinking in Geography might help us re-think the role of informal transport in achieving more inclusive and sustainable urban development. This is of crucial concern as unregulated transport is vital to billions living with poor road access in the Global South, yet […]

Notes from a Pretoria classroom: What is a city?
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Notes from a Pretoria classroom: What is a city?

The first time I realised there was something funny going on was when we were discussing shebeens- informal drinking spaces usually found in townships.  I asked my students “where do you find shebeens” and they answered “in the rural areas”. It threw me.  In the moment, I didn’t realise what they meant, but figured the students […]