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23.09.2021 | Original Research Open Access

First-Class but not for Long: Heterogeneous Infrastructure and Water Bricolage in Accra’s Kiosk Compounds

This paper explores the micro-geographies of water access in the context of a first-class residential neighborhood of Accra served by the city’s networked infrastructure. We focus our analyses on how water is accessed and supplied to six kiosk …

Rossella Alba, Antje Bruns


Megaprojects in the Context of Neoliberalism: Socio-Economic and Spatial Impacts of the Proposed Dig-Out Port in Durban, South Africa

Megaprojects transform urban landscapes in many cities around the world and take the form of large development projects such as railways, bridges, ports, dams, shopping malls and iconic skyscrapers. For cities, megaprojects act as marketing and …

Aubrey Mpungose, Brij Maharaj


Urban Climate Change Governance within Centralised Governments: a Case Study of Giza, Egypt

Urban climate governance on the subnational and local government levels requires multilevel governance and local autonomy. Within centralised governments, climate action becomes challenging. Moreover, in developing countries, development needs are …

Yara Eissa, Heba Allah Essam E. Khalil


‘Everybody is Taking Their Security in Their Own Hands’: Exploring Everyday Urban Safety Perceptions and Realities in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana

There are concerns that responses to urban safety are gradually reinforcing socio-spatial inequalities, with suggestions emphasising community-institutional collaborations for promoting safer urban communities. Yet, the quotidian realities that …

Louis Kusi Frimpong, Seth Asare Okyere, Stephen Kofi Diko, Matthew Abunyewah, Victor Boateng, Michihiro Kita


Urban Sustainability Transitions in the Global South: a Case Study of Curitiba and Accra

The existing literature is replete with examples of how sustainable urbanism unfolds in cities in the developed world. However, there is limited insight into how this concept is exemplified in the developing world. This paper poses the question …

Martin Larbi, Jon Kellett, Elisa Palazzo


Exploring Interdisciplinary Cooperation in the Relationship Between Urban Management Strategies, Modes of Production and the Production of Urban Space in Cape Town, South Africa

The growth and socio-economic importance of urban areas is evident and, consequently, its exposure to urban drift and challenges. Interactions of everyday life reflect the production and use of urban space and consequently the need for building …

Uche Ordor, Kathy Michell


Living on the Periphery and Challenges of Mobility: a Tale of Transport-Induced Social Exclusion in Southlea Park, Harare, Zimbabwe

This article explores how geographical location contributes to the social exclusion of communities on the fringes of the city. It uses a case study of Southlea Park, a low-income settlement on the southern periphery of Harare in Zimbabwe, to …

Tadiwa Chikengezha, Vusilizwe Thebe


Spaces of Transformative Practice: Co-producing, (Re)Making and Translating Fractional Urban Space in Gugulethu, Cape Town

Reimagining neglected urban space offers the potential for social cohesion, integration, and connectivity. The intimate, interstitial or fractional spaces of a city represent a key component of social infrastructure in a neighbourhood. The …

Kathryn Ewing


Power Struggles on Urban Green Spaces in Kumasi, Ghana: Implications for Urban Policy and Planning

Managing urban green spaces effectively to a greater extent relies on the underlying powers (authority and resource capacities) entrusted to relevant stakeholder institutions. This paper assesses how power is regulated among major stakeholder …

Collins Adjei Mensah


Gendered Infrastructural Citizenship: Shared Sanitation Facilities in Quarry Road West Informal Settlement, Durban, South Africa

One significant component of the South African citizenship narrative is centred around the right to basic services and corresponding elements, including dignity and a healthy living environment. This paper employs the concept of infrastructural …

Neele Wiltgen Georgi, Sibongile Buthelezi, Paula Meth


Isomorphism and Municipal Amalgamations in South Africa: the Case of Vhembe District

In 2015, the minister responsible for local government requested the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) to restructure municipalities with a view to increasing their financial viability, a process that was duly conducted in 2016. This study …

Godwin Dube


A Spatio-temporal Analysis of Commercial Parks in Cape Town, South Africa

Cities undergo constant change and their industrial spaces are particularly impacted on by new technologies, changing industries and the vagaries of the global and national economies. This paper reports on an investigation of the changing …

Nikhil Naik, Manfred Spocter


The Nelson Mandela Bridge as a Great Sign of Urban Transformation in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Nelson Mandela Bridge is one of South Africa’s monuments at the centre of the drive to foster urban transformation in the city of Johannesburg. It stands out as one of the monumental emblems of transformation after the disappearance of …

Mfaniseni Fana Sihlongonyane


Impact of Virtual Cash Economy on Livelihood Outcomes of Informal Cross Border Traders in Gweru, Zimbabwe

Informal Cross Border Trade (ICBT) is a viable economic activity for many people, in Zimbabwe, who have depended on it for survival during economic hardships. Due to climate change, agriculture cannot be depended upon for survival and people are …

Beauty Dzawanda, Melanie D. Nicolau, Mark Matsa


Where is the State Missing? Addressing Urban Climate Change at the Margins in Luanda and Maputo

Climate change and its urban dimensions have become more actively debated topics since the beginning of the millennium. As a result of being such a recent concern, the available definitions of what is at stake and what is needed to deal with it—in …

Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues

29.04.2021 | Original Research Open Access

Saving Up for a Rainy Day? Savings Groups and Resilience to Flooding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

This paper explores the role of savings groups in resilience to urban climate-related disasters. Savings groups are a rapidly growing phenomenon in Africa. They are decentralized, non-institutional groups that provide millions of people excluded …

Alexandra Panman, Ian Madison, Nyambiri Nanai Kimacha, Jean-Benoît Falisse