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Title:Turning the tide? The emergence of national urban policies in Africa
Author:Turok, IvanISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Volume:33
Issue:3
Pages:348-369
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Ethiopia
Morocco
Ghana
Uganda
South Africa
Subjects:urban development
government policy
urban planning
urban housing
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2015.1107288
Abstract:It is widely believed that national urban policies in Africa are rare. This is a concern bearing in mind the formidable challenges posed by urbanisation in the context of low incomes and weak institutions. The paper unpacks the concept of urban policy and what it means for the way in which cities grow. It considers the situation in five countries with different approaches (Ethiopia, Morocco, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa). The evidence indicates increasing interest in steering urban growth through coordinated actions on land, housing and infrastructure. The positive developmental arguments seem to carry more weight than the threats of disaster if squalor and social unrest are not addressed. Yet the appropriate policy responses are not clear-cut and there are many dilemmas faced. Capacitating city governments to plan and invest in networked infrastructure appears to be one of the priorities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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