1st Edition

Reframing the Urban Challenge in Africa Knowledge Co-production from the South

Edited By Ntombini Marrengane, Sylvia Croese Copyright 2021
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the changing dynamics and challenges behind the rapid expanse of Africa’s urban population.

    Africa’s urban age is underway. With the world’s fastest growing urban population, the continent is rapidly transforming from one that is largely rural, to one that is largely urban. Often facing limited budgets, those tasked with managing African cities require empirical evidence on the nature of demands for infrastructure, escalating environmental hazards, and ever-expanding informal settlements. Drawing on the work of the African Urban Research Initiative, this book brings together contributions from local researchers investigating key themes and challenges within their own contexts. An important example of urban knowledge co-production, the book demonstrates the regional diversity that can be seen as the main feature of African urbanism, with even well-accepted concepts such as informality manifesting in markedly different ways from place to place.

    Providing an important nuanced perspective on the heterogeneity of African cities and the challenges they face, this book will be an important resource for researchers across development studies, African studies, and urban studies.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at

    http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003008385, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

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    Chapter 1: Introduction: Africa’s Urban Challenge

    Sylvia Croese

    Chapter 2: The Formal-Informal Interface Through the Lens of Urban Food Systems: the Soweto Food Market in Lusaka, Zambia

    Gilbert Siame, Douty Chibamba, Progress H. Nyanga, Brenda Mwalukanga, Beverly Musonda Mushili, Wiza Kabaghe; Garikai Membele, Wilma S. Nchito, Peter Mulambia & Dorothy Ndhlovu

    Chapter 3: Formal-Informal Interface: comparative analysis between three Egyptian cities

    Omar Nagati and Beth Stryker

    Chapter 4: Dialogues on Informality: land sharing as a sustainable approach to tenure security in Kiandutu informal settlement in Thika town, Kenya

    Peter Ngau and Philip Olale

    Chapter 5: Urban Infrastructure and Inequality: lessons from Cairo and Johannesburg

    Deena Khalil and Margot Rubin

    Chapter 6: Weathering the Storm: reflections on a community-based approach to flood-risk management in Kumasi, Ghana

    Divine Ahadzie, Irene-Nora Dinye and Rudith Sylvana King

    Chapter 7: Housing for whom? Rebuilding Angola’s cities after conflict and who gets left behind

    Allan Cain – Development Workshop Angolal

    Chapter 8: Conclusion: Towards a Research Agenda for Knowledge Co-production in Urban Africa

    Sylvia Croese



    Ntombini Marrengane is the Manager of the Secretariat for the African Urban Research Initiative (AURI), a Pan African, interdisciplinary applied urban research network, based at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    Sylvia Croese is a Research Associate based with the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town and a senior researcher with the Univeristy of the Witwatersrand (South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning) in Johannesburg, South Africa.