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Uncensored, unfiltered news from Africa as an mp3 podcast. According to UN-Habitat In the wake of an unprecedented pace of urbanization in sub-Saharan Africa and a corresponding increase in urban poverty, how have African governments been handling this problem?
What are the challenges they face and what are the chances of these governments living up to the ideal of having "cities without slums"? Africa currently has a slum population of What are the chances of these governments living up to the ideal of having "cities without slums"?
The countries of both these cities are members of the Cities Alliance, the "brain" behind the global City without Slums Action Plan. The Alliance is a global coalition of cities committed to poverty reduction. Through an overview of some scholarly discussions of these issues, this article highlights some of the main measures taken by both governments and city officials within the last two decades to clear Lagos and Johannesburg of slums and provide affordable and appropriate housing to the urban poor.
With a current population of about According to Gandy Most of these slums are densely populated with some estimates indicating that "more than 75 per cent of urban slum dwellers live in one room households with a density of 4. Given the above situation, combined with other challenges such as city transportation, electricity and potable water provision, Morka The massive problems facing the city notwithstanding, the Lagos Executive Development Board was established with a mandate to clear the city of slums.
Successive federal and state governments have taken several measures to "establish the necessary institutional frameworks to radically transform" Lagos into a functional megacity Ilesanmi, At both the federal and state levels, some of the main measures taken thus far have included the creation of specialized agencies both at national and state levels to handle issues concerning housing for the urban poor and of specific housing policies designed to increase the provision of appropriate and affordable housing in Lagos.
Federal government measures have included plans to construct about 2, housing units in each state annually within the framework of the Fourth National Development Plan as well as the construction of about"low-cost housing units across the country" Ademiluyi, Such measures were continued between andduring which time the federal government intensified its sites and services scheme to solve the issue of inadequate urban housing and also commenced the construction of hundreds of housing units in Lagos and Abuja Ademiluyi, Prominent among the state-level housing measures taken has been the establishment of the UN-backed Master Plan for Metropolitan Lagos Among other things, this called for the provision of about one million housing units for low income households in Lagos and the World Bank-supported Lagos Slum Upgrading Programme, which was instituted in see Abosede, The world is experiencing a historically unprecedented transition from predominantly rural to urban living.
In , one-third of the world’s population lived in cities; today the number has already reached more than one-half, and in city dwellers are expected to account for more than two-thirds of the world’s population (see Figure ) Demographics & Urban Policy.
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Urban planning important for development and inequality reduction, Dr. Clos tells MINURVI By Site Manager on 08/22/ Mexico City, 21 August –“Urban planning is an important source of development and a tool for reducing inequality,” UN-Habitat .
The Global Carbon Project-Tsukuba International Office was launched in This international project office coordinates activities related to two flagship GCP projects: Urban and Regional Carbon Management (URCM), and MAnaging Global Negative Emission Technologies (MaGNET).URCM is a place-based and policy relevant .
With member countries, staff from more countries, and offices in over locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and .
environmental impact, urban development in disaster-prone sites, Property rights vs. public appropriation, and urban development added value and institutional strengthening. We conclude by summarizing the future challenges of urban.