24 episodes

Interviews, insights and in-depth discussions on urban development in Africa, from the African Cities Research Consortium.

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Interviews, insights and in-depth discussions on urban development in Africa, from the African Cities Research Consortium.

    Urban reform coalitions: Foregrounding tacit knowledge with Lalitha Kamath

    Urban reform coalitions: Foregrounding tacit knowledge with Lalitha Kamath

    “No textbook can tell you how to do this.”ACRC defines inclusive urban reform coalitions as partnerships between government, experts and civil society organisations – often directly involving communities and groups most directly affected by the issues at hand – to drive sustainable urban transformation.In this episode, Lalitha Kamath – professor in the School of Habitat Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai – joins Ezana Haddis Weldeghebrael for a conversation about the t...

    • 56 min
    Action research and coalition building in Nairobi

    Action research and coalition building in Nairobi

    “From the design of the project, from the design of the tools, to implementation, to data collection and everything, the community should be at the lead, at the forefront, speaking about their issues.”ACRC research in Nairobi has brought together communities, academics, county and government officials and the private sector, to come up with actions that support communities at the city level. Jane Wairutu from SDI-Kenya, and Nicera Wanjiru Kimani and Nancy Njoki Wairimu from Muungano wa Wanavi...

    • 29 min
    Politics and informality in Kampala with Peter Kasaija

    Politics and informality in Kampala with Peter Kasaija

    "Informal settlements in Kampala, and in other cities elsewhere across Africa, they are not homogenous, they're very heterogeneous. The kinds of pressures they face – social, environmental, political, economic pressures – they're very different." More than half of people living in African cities reside in informal settlements. Such settlements often share similar challenges – including inadequate access to basic services and infrastructure, and insecure tenure. But when it comes to understand...

    • 37 min
    Urban reform coalitions: The role of researchers

    Urban reform coalitions: The role of researchers

    Urban reform coalitions can play a critical role in building inclusive, sustainable and productive cities. Made up of diverse stakeholders who collaborate to achieve common goals, these coalitions can work to strengthen relationships between disadvantaged groups and influential state/non-state actors. This collective action can be powerful in challenging socioeconomic inequality and enabling marginalised groups to capitalise on political opportunities for inclusive reform.So where do research...

    • 51 min
    Unlocking better housing for Lagos

    Unlocking better housing for Lagos

    “The city keeps on growing every day. New infrastructure is being brought in every day. This means we can envisage more and more people coming into Lagos needing housing.”With more than an estimated 3,000 people arriving every day, Lagos is seen as a city of opportunity. But a rapidly increasing population means huge demand for housing in a city where around 70% of the population lives in substandard conditions.Speaking to Miriam Maina, ACRC’s Lagos housing domain lead Basirat Oyalowo discuss...

    • 30 min
    Strengthening service delivery processes in Kampala

    Strengthening service delivery processes in Kampala

    "How can the interest and the commitment of those in charge of this city be galvanised, so that they see service delivery as important as an end in itself? For me, we need first to mobilise citizens."People living and working informally are often the most affected by shortfalls in service provision, impacting their access to education, healthcare, markets, sanitation, roads and more. In this episode, ACRC researchers Badru Bukenya and Buyana Kareem join Junior Alves Sebbanja for a conversatio...

    • 34 min

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