If we learn from COVID-19, there are three key areas to tackle to make cities safer from outbreaks of future infectious diseases.
Kenya's urban poor lack enough food and the little they can afford is often unsafe and of poor nutritional value.
Abiy Ahmed has a vision to upgrade Ethiopia's capital city but his ambitious megaprojects do not take the majority of Addis Ababa's residents into account
The Nigerian government must adopt a process that is open in implementing its social assistance programmes.
The Lagos state government must go beyond food packages as stimulus, and build capacity for poor people.
COVID-19 is spreading fast through not only the world's richest cities but also its poorest, ravaging slum areas where risk factors like overcrowding and poverty accelerate disease transmission.
The plight of the urban poor affected by COVID-19 highlights the need to to reaffirm that adequate housing, water supply and sanitation are basic human rights.
Cities can learn from past pandemics to see how communities and lifestyles are shaped by outbreaks.
Gentrification often leads to the eviction of poor and largely racialized populations. When a university campus drives the change, they can choose to do something about it.
By better understanding the politics and governance of African cities and variations across cities, we can identify feasible opportunities to improve informal traders' livelihoods.