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A politician argued that the Rhodesian ridgeback was the dog of the ancestors and proposed renaming it the Zimbabwe ridgeback. Shutterstock

Dogs in the city: on the scent of Zimbabwe’s urban history

How Harare has dealt with its urban canine citizens over the years following independence reflects the competing visions of a modern city.
People walking next to traffic in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

People living in African urban settings do a lot of walking: but their cities aren’t walkable

African city planners need to promote inclusive cities where residents are not captive walkers but walk because it is accessible, safe and pleasurable to do so.
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The new architectural frontier: buildings and their microbiomes

The study of two hospitals was a first for researching the microbiology of the built environment in South Africa – a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how to design healthier buildings.
The Korle Gono beach in Accra covered in plastic bottles and other items washed ashore following weeks of heavy flooding in 2016. EPA/Christian Thompson

How everyday politics shapes the way African cities are run

Focusing on everyday politics can help explain why powerful interest groups undermine policies that might improve the public good.

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