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Land Issues for Urban Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa

Land Issues for Urban Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Book URL: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030525033
Authors: Home, R. K. (Ed.)

Series: Local and Urban Governance

  • Focuses on the new challenges of urban land governance in Sub-Saharan Africa following the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Habitat New Urban Agenda (passed at Habitat III in Quito in 2016)
  • Cross-disciplinary treatment of a rapidly evolving topic
  • Provides new knowledge from both academic and professional perspectives on land governance

Sub-Saharan Africa faces many development challenges, such as its size and diversity, rapid urban population growth, history of colonial exploitation, fragile states and conflicts over land and natural resources. This collection, contributed from different academic disciplines and professions, seeks to support the UN Habitat New Urban Agenda passed at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016. It will attract readers from urban specialisms in law, geography and other social sciences, and from professionals and policy-makers concerned with land use planning, surveying and governance. Among the topics addressed by the book are challenges to governance institutions: how international development is delivered, building land management capacity, funding for urban infrastructure, land-based finance, ineffective planning regulation, and the role of alternatives to courts in resolving boundary and other land disputes. Issues of rights and land titling are explored from perspectives of human rights law (the right to development, and women’s rights of access to land), and land tenure regularization. Particular challenges of housing, planning and informality are addressed through contributions on international real estate investment, community participation in urban settlement upgrading, housing delivery as a partly failing project to remedy apartheid’s legacy, and complex interactions between political power, money and land.

Deeper City – Collective Intelligence and the Pathways from Smart to Wise

Deeper City - Collective Intelligence and the Pathways from Smart to Wise

Book URL: https://www.routledge.com/Deeper-City-Collective-Intelligence-and-the-Pathways-from-Smart-to-Wise/
Author: Joe Ravetz

Book Description:

Deeper City is the first major application of new thinking on ‘deeper complexity’, applied to grand challenges such as runaway urbanization, climate change and rising inequality. The author provides a new framework for the collective intelligence – the capacity for learning and synergy – in many-layered cities, technologies, economies, ecologies and political systems.

The key is in synergistic mapping and design, which can move beyond smart ‘winner-takes-all’ competition, towards wiser human systems of cooperation where ‘winners-are-all’. Forty distinct pathways ‘from smart to wise’ are mapped in Deeper City and presented for strategic action, ranging from local neighbourhoods to global finance.

As an atlas of the future, and resource library of pathway mappings, this book expands on the author’s previous work, City-Region 2020. From a decade of development and testing, Deeper City combines visual thinking with a narrative style and practical guidance. This book will be indispensable for those seeking a sustainable future – students, politicians, planners, systems designers, activists, engineers and researchers.

A new postscript looks at how these methods can work with respect to the 2020 pandemic, and asks, ‘How can we turn crisis towards transformation?’

Local Governance in the New Urban Agenda

Local Governance in the New Urban Agenda

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Book URL: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030471347
Authors: Nunes Silva, Carlos, Trono, Anna (Eds.)

Series: Local and Urban Governance

  • Explores recent shifts of paradigm in local governance
  • Offers a unique combination of different disciplinary approaches to local government
  • Addresses issues of interest for a wide audience, comprising students, researchers and policy makers

The book explores and discusses some of the changes, challenges and opportunities confronting local governance in the context of the new urban paradigm associated with the HABITAT III New Urban Agenda, a 20-year strategy for sustainable urbanization, adopted in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. The chapters included in the book address public policy issues from different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, written by authors from different academic disciplines within the broad area of social sciences (Geography, Political Science, Public Administration, Spatial Planning, Law, Regional Science, among other fields), and offer an inter-disciplinary vision of these issues. The chapters are written by members of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Geography of Governance.

Spatial Planning in Service Delivery – Towards Distributive Justice in South Africa

Spatial Planning in Service Delivery - Towards Distributive Justice in South Africa
Book URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030198497
Authors: Magidimisha, Hangwelani Hope, Chipungu, Lovemore

This volume presents a detailed synthesis of the historical, present-day and future state of service delivery in South Africa. The generation and distribution of services in any geographical space has been and is always a source of inequality in human society. Thus, in the context of spatial planning, space is the major factor through which distributive justice and sustainable development can be achieved. To examine the continuation of spatial inequality in service delivery, the authors employed both qualitative and quantitative research methods in a multi-pronged approach, utilizing empirical data from the Vembe District in Limpopo, data from the South African Index of Multiple Deprivation, and representative attitudinal data from the South African Social Attitudes Survey. Ultimately, this study examines spatial differences in living environments with a focus on the distribution of household services and discusses strategies to achieve spatial equality.

Grid Planning in the Urban Design Practices of Senegal

Grid Planning in the Urban Design Practices of Senegal

Liora Bigon & Eric Ross (2020). Grid Planning in the Urban Design Practices of Senegal. Cham: Springer (ISBN 978-3-030-29525-7)

This book explores the entanglement of African and Western cultures of grid planning in urban Senegal from pre-colonial times up to the present. The most important and significant urban centers of historic Senegambia and modern Senegal, a mostly Muslim country of West Africa, are examined. What is revealed is a continuous deployment of grid planning in the configuration of towns, villages, neighborhoods and cities since the sixteenth century. Both endogenous African and exogenous colonial traditions of grid planning have been used, simultaneously but often quite separately, to lay out settlements. The indigenous Senegambia grid plan first characterized elite pre-colonial settlements, such as royal capitals and centers of Islamic instruction, before it was popularized and mass-produced by Senegal’s mystical Sufi orders during the colonial era. This autochthonous tradition culminated in the mid-twentieth century design of the great shrine city of Touba. The French grid plan, for its part, characterized nearly every type of colonial settlement, from mercantilist ports like Saint Louis to the prestigious colonial spaces of Dakar, capital of a French empire in Africa, to enumerable peanut marketing rail-towns (escales). Though the two grid-planning traditions were initially quite distinct in origin and symbolic significance – royal prerogative, Islamic propriety or efficient exploitation of the land and control of its people – they have become inextricably entangled with each other over the course of history. This book explores this entanglement in order to: (a) create a truly global urban history to replace the otherwise Eurocentric meta-narrative of urban planning and design; (b) enhance Islamic Studies by situating sub-Saharan Africa’s urbanism within mainstream research on the Muslim World; (c) shift the discussion from a determinist genealogy of vernacular versus Western urban patterns towards a more dialectic, entangled and processual approach to the production of space; and (d) highlight the role of African agents in shaping the continent’s cities, even at the height of formal colonialism. The book is primarily intended for scholars engaged in the fields of urban history, architectural and urban planning history, world history, African studies, Islamic studies, urban geography, cultural studies and art history.

Routledge Handbook of Urban Planning in Africa

Routledge Handbook of Urban Planning in Africa

Edited by Carlos Nunes Silva

Book URL: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Urban-Planning-in-Africa-1st-Edition/Silva/p/book/9781138575431
Editor(s): Carlos Nunes Silva
Contributor(s): Abdou Kailou Djibo, Ana Roque, Ana Vaz Milheiro, Andrea M. Brown, Beatriz Serrazina, Carlos Nunes Silva, Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, Domenico Cristofaro, Elisa Dainese, Filipa Fiúza, Filippo De Dominicis, Gerhard Kienast, Gilbert Siame, Heide Studer, Jennifer Hart, Karina Landman, Khalil Bouhadjar, Martin Lewis, Michele Tenzon, Nadia Chabi, Nadine Appelhans, Sabine Baumgart, Souha Salhi, Verna Nel, Wilma S. Nchito
Citation: Silva, C. (Ed.). (2020). Routledge Handbook of Urban Planning in Africa. London: Routledge, https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351271844.

This handbook contributes with new evidence and new insights to the on-going debate on the de-colonization of knowledge on urban planning in Africa.

African cities grew rapidly since the mid-20th century, in part due to rising rural migration and rapid internal demographic growth that followed the independence in most African countries. This rapid urbanization is commonly seen as a primary cause of the current urban management challenges with which African cities are confronted. This importance given to rapid urbanization prevented the due consideration of other dimensions of the current urban problems, challenges and changes in African cities. The contributions to this handbook explore these other dimensions, looking in particular to the nature and capacity of local self-government and to the role of urban governance and urban planning in the poor urban conditions found in most African cities. It deals with current and contemporary urban challenges and urban policy responses, but also offers an historical overview of local governance and urban policies during the colonial period in the late 19th and 20th centuries, offering ample evidence of common features, and divergent features as well, on a number of facets, from intra-urban racial segregation solutions to the relationships between the colonial power and the natives, to the assimilation policy, as practiced by the French and Portuguese and the Indirect Rule put in place by Britain in some or in part of its colonies.

Using innovative approaches to the challenges confronting the governance of African cities, this handbook is an essential read for students and scholars of Urban Africa, urban planning in Africa and African Development.

Governance and the Postcolony – Views from Africa

Governance and the Postcolony – Views from Africa

Edited by David Everatt

Published in South Africa by: Wits University Press – First published 2019

Book URL: http://witspress.co.za/catalogue/governance-and-the-postcolony/
Editor(s): David Everatt
Contributor(s): Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, Babalwa Magoqwan, Bongiwe Ngcobo Mphahlele, Caryn Abrahams, Chelete Monyane, Darlene Muller, Jody Cedras, Kirti Menon, Mike Muller, Nomalanga Mkhize, Patrick Bond, Pundy Pillay, Rebecca Pointer, Salim Latib, Susan Booysen, William Gumede
Citation: Everatt, D. (Ed.). (2019). Governance and the postcolony: Views from Africa. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, https://doi.org/10.18772/22019083443.