Africa's Cities Adapt to Changing Environment & Changing Global Economy

Tami Hultman / AllAfrica
Model of future integrated city displayed at Hilton, Abuja WEF Africa 2014

Developing viable, livable and resilient cities is increasingly necessary to giving Africans opportunities to improve their lives. Rapid urbanization and a youth bulge are among the shocks communities face. In a series on building resilient cities, AllAfrica is examining how people are improving their lives in ways that include recycling waste, saving and generating electricity, urban agriculture,cutting carbon and greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs for a digital economy. Read the story here»

Some Cities Are Already Realizing the Resilience Dividend

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, the Washington Post's Philip Kennicott sat down with Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin about the resilience dividend Read the story here»

5 Lessons From the First Round of 100 Resilient Cities Applicants

As 100 Resilient Cities gears up to launch this year's Challenge, we thought it would be a good time to look back on last year's Challenge applicants, and examine some of the things we've learned about the process and those who applied. Read the story here»

Lakeside City Surmounts Africa's Tourism Crisis

The evening calm is broken by a roll of drums at a social joint near the Rahnile Hotel. A group of tourists, who appear to be from Europe, enthusiastically toast a youthful trio's well-practiced thoracic thrusts and floor acrobatics. Jazzy music and performances that link traditional Amharic melodies and movement in modern realizations have surged in popularity across Ethiopia, and Bahir Dar is no exception. more;

Windhoek - Small City, Big Food Problem

To the casual visitor, Namibia's main city of Windhoek – one of Africa's smallest capitals – seems free of the huge challenges facing the major cities of most African countries.Its population is less than 350,000. Its downtown district is well developed, with an array of modern commercial and government buildings. Light industry on the outskirts contributes to the city's economic output. On three sides, the capital is surrounded by middle-class housing close to the centre of economic activity. more;

Africa: Mayors Seek Bigger Role In Climate Change

Some of Africa's biggest cities are joining an international drive by city governments to respond to global climate change. Read the story here»

South Africa: City Women Generate Food & Income on Tiny Urban Plots

On the back of higher food and commodity prices, micro farmers across Africa are using tiny parcels of land to grown food for their families and to generate an income. Read the story here»

Uproar Over Harare Demolitions

Thousands of residents in Zimbabwe's capital Harare and surrounding areas are facing eviction from their homes as local authorities embark on an operation to demolish all illegal structures.Read the story here»

Madiba Magic Cleans Marabastad

Although the Father of the Nation has gone, the Madiba magic still lives on in the hearts of South Africans who chose to clean-up the streets of Marabastad, in the City of Tshwane, on Friday. (file photo) Read the story here»

Solution to Shanty Township Squalor

Political or Government decisions have contributed directly or indirectly to the deterioration of the housing situation of the low-income families in Zambia by interfering with and discouraging traditional housing processes. (file photo) Read the story here»

N-Cape Solar Power Plant to Boost Energy Supply

A new R1.5 billion Solar Power Plant, near Kimberley, is expected to contribute immensely to the country's rising energy demands, says the Department of Science and Technology. Read the story here»

Africa: Most New Jobs Will Be Urban

Cities have never been more important for human well-being and economic prosperity, and it is expected that the vast majority of all new jobs will be urban. Read the story here»

How to Make Planning Law Work for Africa

As competition for land intensifies in Africa's rapidly growing towns and cities, planning laws assume a fundamental importance. They determine how urban growth is managed and directed. In most countries outdated, inappropriate and unintegrated laws are exacerbating urban dysfunction. Read the story here»

Revitalizing Addis and the City Within a City

Addis Ababa is building an urban rail system: Innocent Okpanum (Ph.D.) is renowned as an architect throughout Africa, and his firm "Ngonyama Okpanum & Associates" has offices in South Africa, Nigeria and Italy. With experience stretching over 27 years, Innocent is turning his attention to three major initiatives in Ethiopia. Read the story here»

Food Prices Soar in Cameroon's Cities as Water Runs Short

Last month, Mary Ndong cut the number of meals she prepares for her family. Instead of eating three times daily, she, her husband and their three children now eat just one meal a day. Read the story here»

Kenya: A Brief History of Exclusion

Nairobi, Kenya: Amidst great optimism about the potential for Africa's cities to drive economic prosperity, Steve Ouma, Director of Pamoja Trust, offers a historical insight into the growth of Kenya's urban centres. Read the story here»

World Cup Cities Say Climate Change Is Big Part of Planning

The World Cup soccer tournament is getting more and more carbon-heavy, with FIFA estimating that the 2014 event in Brazil will dump 2.72 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere -- one million more tons than South Africa's 2010 World Cup. Officials from both sides of the globe weigh in how they have incorporated climate change concerns into the World Cup. Read the story here»

Climate Change Triggers Disease Risk in Tanzania

Residents in low-lying areas in Tanzania's largest city, Dar es Salaam (pictured), are potentially at risk of contracting waterborne diseases as heavy rains, which started last week, continue to pound the city. Read the story here»

Africa: Francophone Countries Build Capacity On Sustainable Consumption and Production

UNEP and the International Organization of the Francophonie, OIF agree to work together to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns of major cities in OIF member states. Read the story here»

Silicon Savannah Reimagines Cities

He has struggled to find jobs since he finished high school a decade ago – but if Alex Muoki has bet right this time, he may turn out to be a winner.Read the story here»

Jonathan Restates Commitment to Provision of Affordable Houses

Friday in Enugu, President Goodluck Jonathan reaffirmed his administration's commitment to provide shelter for all Nigerians, insisting that housing remained crucial to social and economic development of any society.Read the story here»

More Than Half World Population Now Living in Urban Areas, UN Survey Finds

"Today, 54 per cent of the world's population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050," the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said in its 2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects report. Read the story here»

Green Building Design Takes Root in Kenya

the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Kenya's capital stays cool in intense heat, but without air conditioning.The building's energy-efficient design has won it an award this year from the Kenya Association of Manufacturers' Centre for Energy Efficiency as the best green building in the country.Read the story here»

Helping Africa's Urban Poor Gain From Modernization

Plans to reshape and modernize African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. Read the story here»

Who Will Plan Africa's Cities?

Road to Abuja, Nigeria: Africa's cities are growing - and changing - rapidly. Without appropriate planning, they will become increasingly chaotic, inefficient and unsustainable. Read the story here»

Mayors Say Cities Are Front Line On Fight Against Climate Change

More than half of the world's population lives in cities. This week, mayors from the world's major cities met in Johannesburg to discuss the impact of climate change - and what they can do to fight it. Read the story here»

Climate Change to Cost Coastal Cities

Coastal city of Durban, South Africa: The costs of climate change-related damage to coastal cities could amount to U.S.$1 trillion per year and developing countries will be hardest hit, a study warns. Read the story here»

Addressing Informality Through Urban Planning Education

Unless collective action is taken now to transform cities like Nairobi into the drivers of economic development and sources of opportunity that they are supposed to be, they will become a tinderbox of perpetual inequality. Read the story here»

Nigeria: 'Our Housing Initiative Is Unparalleled'

Yobe State Commissioner for Housing, Alhaji Ago Dala said the Governor Ibrahim Gaidam-led administration's achievements have superseded expectations especially the mass housing initiative. Read the story here»

New Approach to Urban Planning in Kenya

Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya: Urban and regional planning is under the spotlight in Kenya. The 2009 National Housing and Population Census forecast that the percentage of Kenyans living in urban settlements will increase from 32% to 54% by 2030. Residents of Nairobi await the details of a new city master plan. Read the story here»

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