Profit margins in South Africa’s minibus taxi industry have been under pressure long before the COVID-19 lockdown.
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The role of government should be to improve and reorganise this sector to address the needs of users. The proposed national operational subsidy is an opportunity to do precisely that.
A car that was washed away floats close to the banks of the Jukskei River in Alexandra Township after floodwaters ravaged the area on November 10, 2016.
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Local government and humanitarian actors are faced with tough choices of prioritising, managing and balancing resources, locations and constituencies.
African urban dwellers pay 55% more in rentals than their counterparts in other cities in the world.
The demon is not density but rather that African countries have not planned and made the investments necessary to manage the downsides of the type of density found in informal settlements.
Artwork of men wearing facemasks seen on the street walls in Mathare slums to create awareness of stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Social protection measures and food distribution targeting adolescents in informal settlements are urgently needed.
One of the entry points to San Roque, with a makeshift guard shelter on the left.
Besides battling the coronavirus pandemic, San Roque residents have long been locked in a bigger struggle for their very survival as a community in the face of home demolitions and relocations.
Aerial view of Shivaji Nagar.
Long before the Indian government responded to the threat of COVID-19 with a lockdown, residents of Shivaji Nagar, with the support of a local NGO, were protecting and helping one another.
A market area in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, crowded with people despite the coronavirus pandemic, May 12, 2020.
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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.
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Many are speculating about the pandemic changing how we plan and use our cities. What they overlook is how many people live in unplanned settlements where it's more likely to be business as usual.
Police trying to enforce COVID-19 lockdown regulations outside a shop in Yeoville, Johannesburg.
Unlike in wealthy nations, lockdowns are simply impossible in overcrowded conditions with no sanitation and high levels of poverty.
South Korea has been the quickest to bring the pandemic under control.
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It is not all democracies that struggle to deal with the coronavirus; it is those in which the people do not feel the system works for them.
In South Africa and India, research has found that free or affordable housing can actually undermine women's safety and livelihoods.
Nairobi River flows through a low-income settlement.
There are huge holes in the governance of Nairobi river and city's waste which means the river's condition has deteriorated.
The Bangladesh government wants Karail, an established community of 200,000 people in the capital Dhaka, to make way for development.
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A community of 200,000 in Dhaka faces eviction to make room for "development". Is it time to rethink the concept, especially with a billion people now living in informal settlements worldwide?
The aftermath of a huge fire in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town, in 2017. Rebuilding has stalled.
Rebuilding informal settlements after a disaster must be done through learning from those who live in the settlements.
Residents of slums like Kamla Nehru Nagar, a kilometre away from Patna Junction, have yet to share in the promised benefits of smart cities.
Indians were promised they would be included in planning 100 smart cities and that everyone would benefit. But many of the millions of slum residents have had no say in their homes being destroyed.
New toilet blocks in Mathare Valley informal settlement in Nairobi.
Women in developing countries are burdened by the lack of access to proper toilets in their homes, communities, schools and public spaces.
About 56% of Kenya’s urban population currently lives in a slum.
The rental housing market in Nairobi’s informal settlements offers its tenant households a perverse market outcome of higher prices for lower quality products
In South Africa, untamed fires are on the rise in informal settlements and low-income neighbourhoods.
Paraffin stoves are used all over South Africa in millions of households and are the riskiest.
About 250,000 people live in Kibera slum in Nairobi.
Kenya needs to complete its national digital land registry to increase transparency and efficiency of the city’s land.
More and more people are being drawn into slums in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.
Self-organisation initiatives taken by slum residents across Africa can help urban development.