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“What are you going to do about it?” This was the question located at the heart of the UTA-Do African Cities Workshop, held in Nairobi between 23 and 27 May at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA). This is the first of a three-part blog series reflecting on our encounters and experiences during the workshop.
Ademola Omoegun talks about his focus on understanding how and why most urban residents in Africa are excluded from economic opportunities, his research into urban displacement in Lagos, and the importance of local actors in driving change.
Patience Adzande talks about her interest in human security, her research into the spatial dynamics of crime and violence in cities, and why safety and security are key to liveable and inclusive cities.
Health, nutrition and wellbeing challenges faced by people living in African cities are considerable, but adverse outcomes are often masked in national and regional data and misrepresented in policy debates by the so-called “urban advantage”.
Ezana Haddis Weldeghebrael talks about his interest in the political processes shaping development, his research into how informal settlement residents mobilise to improve their living conditions, and what he’s most enjoying about the ACRC fellowship.
The African Cities Research Consortium (ACRC) is convening a panel at the upcoming Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference on Wednesday 6 July: ‘The political economy of urban reform in Africa: From analysis to action’.
Trust, legitimacy and equity. These were highlighted by Paul Mukwaya in his presentation on Covid-19 impacts in Kampala as being key to effective pandemic responses.
For low-income residents in African cities, the Covid-19 pandemic has often been experienced less as a health crisis and more in terms of the devastating socioeconomic, political and violent impacts arising from lockdown measures and other responses.
Smith Ouma talks about his focus on rights-based approaches to development, his work as part of ACRC’s informal settlements domain, and why he’s excited to be part of the consortium.
ACRC’s research activities in Harare have gone up a gear following an interim workshop hosted in March this year and, more recently, an uptake meeting with City of Harare officials.
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