Follow this New conversation on Decolonizing Air Pollution Science in the context of different African countries! This Edition features the amazing Atmospheric Scientist Rebecca Garland, Epidemiologist Kofi Amegah, Scientist Noemi Tousignant and Urban Planner Constant Cap. Read the summary or listen to the whole episode! https://www.colab.mit.edu/colabradio-more/decolonize-science-ep4 Thanks @MITCoLab
International Peace Support Training Centre: Issue Brief 1
The Impact of COVID-19 on Urban Security: The African Experience Page 27-36 The last few decades have seen an increase in the drive towards denser neighbourhoods in urban areas. Density is promoted as a positive aspect of urban development due to shorter travel times required for citizens, increased human interaction, ease of service delivery, among […]
Rediscovering Neighbourhoods under COVID-19
Writing on the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Africa Blog, Constant Cap argues for re-thinking urban planning to reinstall social justice within African cities. Covid-19 exacerbates Africa’s urban inequality and injustice. In Nairobi, for example, slightly over 2.8 million people out of 4.5 million live in poorly serviced unplanned crowded neighbourhoods. These citizens are the most vulnerable […]
CNBC Africa: COVID-19 exposes Africa’s urban planning challenges
Constant Cap talked to CNBC-Africa on some of the Planning and Mobility Challenges facing people in African Cities during Covid-19. He talked about efforts being put by Governments and further insights in the field. Click to watch. Share any feedback that you think can be passed to those in charge. #streetsforpeople
Covid-19: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Pandemics provide us with opportunities to reflect on our spatial management: good impacts, bad effects and ugly incidences. Although the general trend is that we are coerced into making short term changes; in many spheres, pandemics can serve as potential triggers for implementing long term improvement. The Covid-19 pandemic has been no exception. Some key […]
African Cities: Development Control and Zoning
The rate of Urban development in African cities is at levels never experienced before. Sub-Saharan Africa is the least urbanized region globally, however, it nevertheless has the highest rate of urbanization. Small towns, municipalities, cities and metropolises are expanding at extremely high rates. Only three decades ago, Nairobi had a population of slightly over 1 […]
Nairobi Expressway: Misjudged Priorities?
The Kenyan Government launched the Construction of the Nairobi Expressway on 16th October 2019. The project consists of a 26 Km road expansion of which 11 Km will be elevated crossing right through the city of Nairobi. The Kenya National Highways Authority had circulated a document giving some information on the proposed project. The pamphlet […]
African Cites: Overwhelmed or Under-prepared?
There is no doubt that the African Continent is experiencing the highest rate of urbanization globally. Since the early 60s African cities have grown at unprecedented rates and continue to do so. This growth, however, is interspersed with tales of success and misery, affluence and poverty. African cities exhibit the highest levels of inequality and […]
Discussant: How Do Transportation Planners Plan for Unplanned Transport?
It is a great honour and privilege to have this opportunity to make some comments and reflections on this very important paper by Ms. Tamara Kerzhner. I use the word ‘important’ because of the critical role that paratransit sector plays on the continent. If you allow me to quote researcher Jackie Klopp who during last […]
No Progress without Accepting Prevailing SocioEconomic Conditions!
The Governor of Nairobi recently stated in a local talk show that it is his desire for Nairobi to be an ‘International City.’ This can be presumed to mean a city that is attractive to foreign investment, conferences and tourism. These attributes are not new to the City of Nairobi. A large percentage of Nairobi’s […]