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Addressing the drivers of urban insecurity

Addressing the drivers of urban insecurity

Many residents of African cities are vulnerable to widespread manifestations of violence, including crime, political and ethnically motivated intimidation, and threats to property, both housing and land rights. These residents thus feel insecure, due to the risk of personal and communal harm and loss or damage to property.

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Postdoc Profile: Matthew Sharp

Postdoc Profile: Matthew Sharp

Matthew Sharp talks about his research background, his interest in zoning regulations and land use policies, and the importance of economics within urban planning.

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Youth empowerment and development in African cities

Youth empowerment and development in African cities

Young people are central to the opportunities, challenges and crises facing African cities. With 70% of sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 30, urban youth is set to play a potentially game-changing role in development outcomes across African cities in the coming decades.

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Postdoc Profile: Miriam Maina

Postdoc Profile: Miriam Maina

Miriam Maina talks about her background in urban planning, her interest in how towns and cities come together and the different actors involved, and why she is excited to be part of ACRC’s multisectoral community.

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Urban land and connectivity

Urban land and connectivity

Land is a highly political and emotive issue, given its economic, social, environmental and cultural value. Campaigns for redistribution of land rights have often been central to government legitimation efforts across Africa, although these have often focused on rural land.

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Postdoc Profile: Abdifatah Tahir

Postdoc Profile: Abdifatah Tahir

Abdifatah Tahir talks about his professional and research background, his work on urban land conflicts in Mogadishu, and why he sees critical infrastructures and management regimes as key to improving urban development in African cities.

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Securing the right to adequate housing in African cities

Securing the right to adequate housing in African cities

A lack of adequate housing is one of the most prominent challenges facing urban Africa. Housing – whether in the form of informal or formal dwellings – is a basic human right, yet remains only an aspiration for most of Africa’s urban population.

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Postdoc Profile: Elizabeth Dessie

Postdoc Profile: Elizabeth Dessie

Elizabeth Dessie talks about her research background, her interest in rural–urban youth migration and how people experience urban life differently, and why she is excited to be a part of ACRC.

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