Governing Urban Africa

Editors: Silva, Carlos Nunes (Ed.)

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  • Provides an updated and critical view of key challenges confronting the governance of cities in Africa
  • Cover three key topics: local government and planning law reforms; urban informality, urban planning and public-private collaboration; and citizen participation in urban governance
  • Includes case studies that geographically span the continent 
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This book explores some of the key challenges confronting the governance of cities in Africa, the reforms implemented in the field of urban governance, and the innovative approaches in critical areas of local governance, namely in the broad field of decentralization and urban planning reform, citizen participation, and good governance. The collection also investigates the constraints that continuously hamper urban governments as well as the ability to improve urban governance in African cities through citizen responsive innovations. Decentralization based on the principle of subsidiarity emerges as a critical necessary reform if African cities are to be appropriately empowered to face the challenges created by the unprecedented urban growth rate experienced all over the continent. This requires, among other initiatives, the implementation of an effective local self-government system, the reform of planning laws, including the adoption of new planning models, the development of citizen participation in local affairs, and new approaches to urban informality. The book will be of interest to students, researchers and policy makers in urban studies, and in particular for those interested in urban planning in Africa.

About the authors

Carlos Nunes Silva is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal. His research interests focus on urban planning in Africa, among other issues. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of E-Planning Research.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Silva, Carlos Nunes

  • Local Government and Urban Governance in Lusophone African Countries: From Colonial Centralism to Post-Colonial Slow Decentralization

    Pages 13-72

    Silva, Carlos Nunes

  • Urban Governance in a Devolved Kenya

    Pages 73-98

    Bassett, Ellen M.

  • Decentralization in Africa: Local Government and Health Care in Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania

    Pages 99-124

    Inkoom, Daniel Kweku Baah (et al.)

  • Planning Law Reforms in Africa: Case Studies From Uganda, South Africa and Nigeria

    Pages 125-147

    Agbola, Babatunde Samuel (et al.)

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Hardcover $159.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Governing Urban Africa
Editors
  • Carlos Nunes Silva
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95109-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95109-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95108-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95730-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 373
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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