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Title:Special issue: African development in an urban world: beyond the tipping point
Editors:Beall, JoISNI
Guha-Khasnobis, BasudebISNI
Kanbur, RaviISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
South Africa
urban development
urban society
poverty reduction
urban environment
conference papers (form)
External link:https://link.springer.com/journal/12132/21/3/page/1
Abstract:This special issue of Urban Forum contains papers presented at a conference sponsored by the World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), held in Cape Town, South Africa, under the auspices of the African Centre for Cities, in 2008, entitled: Beyond the tipping point: African development in an urban world. Following the Introduction by Jo Beall, Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis and Ravi Kanbur, Edgar Pieterse examines the preponderance of policy-oriented research on the development challenges and absences of African cities, as opposed to a more rounded theorization of urban life or cityness. In the next two chapters, Patricia Annez, Robert Buckley and Jerry Kalarickal, and David Simon address the environmental drivers of urbanization and the problems that result for urban areas. Focusing on Nigeria, T.P. Ogun looks at the pressure placed on existing infrastructure in rapidly urban societies, as well as the impact of infrastructural development on poverty reduction. Paul Mukwaya, Hannington Sengendo and Shuaib Lwasa examine the major phases of urbanization in Uganda, and what this means for urban policy planning and poverty reduction in this country. Bill Freund analyses Durban, South Africa, as a postapartheid city. Kate Meagher explores the question of how popular organizational strategies and coping mechanisms affect broader trajectories of urban governance in contemporary Africa, particularly Nigeria. Loren B. Landau, focusing on Johannesburg, examines ordinary people's agency and how this intersects with 'development'. Alison Todes, Pieter Kok, Marie Wentzel, Johan Van Zyl and Catherine Cross provide an overview of urbanization patterns and trends in South Africa, focusing on the key dynamics underlying migration and urbanization. [ASC Leiden abstract]