Urbanisation has been a well-established trend and for some countries will continue to be. But some others experience the opposite, resulting in underused and abandoned infrastructure.
City residents all around the world are getting together to create housing tailored to their needs and budgets, instead of being developed for maximum profit.
Slums are an increasing common phenomenon across the global North and global South. To what extent could they be seen as an inherent part of the urbanisation process?
South Africa has problems with hunger and obesity and both are linked to malnutrition. But solutions like taxes, education, regulating food advertising and labelling can help the problem.
New South African research supports evidence that urbanisation has a positive impact on people's lives and must be managed appropriately for development.
Johannesburg's central business district is developing into a major cross border shopping hub, servicing the broader sub-Saharan region and has a potential to grow even further.
To tackle the increasing burden of diabetes in Africa, health systems on the continent need to be strengthened.
Most African cities are expensive, informal and non-industrial. This has produced unique socioeconomic and environmental risks that must be carefully considered in policy development.
The increase in cases of non-communicable diseases in developing countries has led to an emerging pattern of high levels of multimorbidity.
Although hypertension can easily be detected in Africa, up to half of the population are unaware of their condition.
A former industrial region in the heart of Germany is slowly reinventing itself for the 21st century, offering urban planning lessons for Detroit and beyond.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) roadmap towards greater regional trade integration and development is a good start but lacks detail.
How can African research universities be more responsive to African countries' needs? And how can these universities work together to leverage funding for research informed by African realities?
The trillions of dollars spent on infrastructure demands democratic transparency and accountability. This applies to both the investment and to the effects on cities, societies and the environment.
Toxic industrial processes put a distance between work, home and leisure. Now, in the post-industrial era, these functions are being reunited.
In a nation where urban living is the ultimate attainment, some households are bracing against the surging tide of development.
Despite increased global awareness about poor conditions in slums, the health of their inhabitants is a little studied phenomenon.
Athi-Kaputiei is close to Nairobi where undeveloped land is exceedingly scarce and expensive. This has made it a powerful magnet for people.
This global conference will set out how cities should develop over the next 20 years, tackling some of humankind's toughest issues.
Here's how social and political power can come together in cities, to counteract the focus on short-term profit.