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Parts of the world are grappling with the urbanisation problem but some other parts experience the opposite: their cities are shrinking. Shutterstock

Managing shrinking cities in an expanding world

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.
Thousands of co-housing projects in cities around the world have shown how people can get together to create diverse homes that suit them and their community – this one is in Portland, Oregon. Kevin Turner/flickr

Supersized cities: residents band together to push back against speculative development pressures

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.
Slum in Paris, by the Pont des Poissonniers. André Feigeles/Wikimedia

Outlining the global fault lines of the ‘slum’ narrative

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 Africans eat too little fruit and vegetables. Food gardens in urban and rural communities could help. Flickr/USAID | Southern Africa

South Africa’s twin malnutrition challenges: hunger and obesity

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.
A woman walks through a market in Luanda, Angola. People who live in Africa’s cities rely heavily on the informal sector. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Africa’s cities face unique risks. What can be done to manage them?

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.

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