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Urban governance in Freetown

In this video, Dr Alphajor Cham (Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Government of Sierra Leone) discusses the importance of urban governance in Freetown, highlighting the challenges facing …

Urban governance in Freetown

by Joseph Macarthy Over the past several decades, Freetown has had to cope with the challenges that come with population growth rates that exceed the capacity of city authorities and …

City-level Government and Decentralisation in Africa

By Andrea Rigon, Joseph Macarthy, Braima Koroma, Alexandre Apsan Frediani (This article is adapted from the chapter: The politics of urban management and planning in African cities). City-level government A …

Informality, recognition and tax

You will now hear from Mr Lahai Koroma and Mr Yirah O. Conteh, residents of the Cockle Bay and Dwazarck settlements and part of the Federation of Urban and Rural …

Freetown’s formal and informal economic activities

Listen to SLURC Researcher Ms. Sudie Austina Sellu explain the findings of recent research. The informal settlements in Freetown provide many employment opportunities, including fishing in coastal communities and stone …

What does informality allow?

By Andrea Rigon, Braima Koroma and Julian Walker Informality is often described as a “lack of”, an inverted mirror of formality. What our research demonstrates is that these “informal” livelihoods …

Informality in Freetown, Sierra Leone

by Andrea Rigon, Braima Koroma and Julian Walker Freetown challenges the categorisation formal and informal, and “informality” is the dominant urban form. Taking the international definitions of informal settlements as …

What are urban informalities?

This activity will start to frame the issue of ‘informalities’, based on research on the urban livelihoods of residents in informal settlements, and conducted by the Development Planning Unit and …

What is land value capture?

‘Land value capture’ is an interesting land-based tool which can be used to apply the increasing value of urbanising land to support equitable planning. Across Latin America, this has been …