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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.
Matatu or minibuses in a downtown Nairobi park. Good information about transport is critical for citizens in any place. Reuters

Using data from cellphones to help Nairobi crack commuter stress

Involving the public in data collection - through crowd sourcing - to produce critical public services such as maps and transit apps helps build new conversations on how the system can be improved.
Grim, single sex workers’ hostels are still common in South Africa’s economic capital Johannesburg. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

What architects must learn from South African student protests

Architects and those working on the built environment can learn valuable lessons about their discipline – how it's taught, and how it's carried out – from the 2015 student protests.

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