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.
High-density city living has been touted as a way to solve the problem of creating more sustainable, more liveable cities. But instead cities are only more liveable for a few.
Policies should protect arable land from urban encroachment and make peri-urban households less vulnerable.
Trouble in Africa’s cities is due to the fact that electoral competition drives leaders to be biased towards rural areas.
The Nigerian government must adopt a process that is open in implementing its social assistance programmes.
Africa's industries are not growing at the same pace as its cities, leaving the informal economy as the main source of income for many. COVID-19 lockdowns have cut this umbilical cord.
Governments must take note of specific geographic contexts and local attributes that drive water insecurity.
Recent extreme events in Australia, with torrential rain and floods following devastating bushfires, have focused the World Urban Forum's attention on the urgency of climate action.
The risk of developing psychosis is 77% higher in urban than rural dwellers. But there are positives.
AMISOM's experiences suggest that urban peace operations must be given sufficient resources from the outset
An unregulated construction sector is stifling its potential to influence Ghana's economy consistently.
City officials have not considered how approaches like mixed-use developments closer to the city centre might alleviate the housing shortage as well as protect Akure's green spaces.
Megaproject construction has been a major response to globalization in the urban realm.
In our urban world, turning the makeshift and the informal into the livable and sustainable is our greatest challenge.
Services have not featured strongly in the economic strategies of developing countries. However, South Africa's recently published economic reform proposals point to a greater role for services.
The Bomvana say the global development agenda has created division because it sees people as individuals rather than primarily as members of a collective.
Keeping track of migration and urbanisation is challenging, but it's vital for population health that migration and urbanisation is well understood and planned for.
The food system urgently needs to be redesigned if we are to avoid crisis.
Indonesia has plans to move its capital outside of Java, but the government has yet to make the case for this move.
To reduce the risks posed by natural hazards, governments need to address residents' everyday fears, too.