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Urban risk in African cities

In this video, Professor Adriana Allen will introduce the idea of risk and why it matters, the concept of everyday risk and people’s capacity to act, as well as looking …

Participatory planning in African cities

In this video, Alexandre Apsan Frediani discusses three types of participatory planning: The model promoted by Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) in several countries based on community mobilisation through savings groups …

Urban land in African cities

Dr Colin Marx, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London In this short video, Dr Marx speaks of the importance of understanding the diversity of meanings, functions and values …

Precarious economies and makeshift ecologies

reflections on Namuwongo, Kampala by Colin McFarlane, Professor of Geography, Durham University For increasing numbers of residents globally, the urban economy is about coping with erratic incomes, unreliable work, and …

Social diversity

In this video, Julian Walker explains the importance of social identities as socially constructed and the implication of intersecting multiple identities. This demonstrates why it is important to work with …

Course acknowledgements

Many thanks from the course team! Lead Educators: Andrea Rigon, Joseph Macarthy Course initiation and content design: Andrea Rigon, Joseph Macarthy, Alexander Stone, Joanna Stroud Course production: Andrea Rigon, Alexander …

Next steps

You can stay in touch with us! Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre The Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) at the Institute of Geography and Development Studies of Njala University. …

Conclusions

We hope you enjoyed the course. Before the final steps, we would like to invite you to post a brief answer below to the following questions about the course: What …

Infrastructure in Freetown

Mr Horatio Gorvie, engineer for the Freetown City Council (FCC), discusses some of the challenges regarding infrastructure in Freetown. He describes the most pressing infrastructure needs of the city, including …

Waste management

by Joseph Macarthy In much of Africa, rapid urbanisation and the variety of challenges associated with it (housing, slums, waste, health) are creating limits to the opportunities which cities and …

Mobility in Freetown

by Joseph Macarthy The movement of people and goods is a necessary element of social and economic interaction in cities. However, for most cities, the problem of urban living is …

Speculative infrastructures in African cities

by Dr Jonathan Silver, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield Infrastructure can be understood as the technologies through which various urban actors seek to navigate the city across the myriad challenges …

Urban risk in Freetown

In this video, Mr John Rogers, from the Office of National Security, ONS, and Mr Braima Koroma, of SLURC, talk about how risk is experienced in Freetown. Various risks are …