THE 100 YEARS BETWEEN 1950 and 2050 have been dubbed as the “Century of the City”, and according to Mrs Anna Tibaijuka, executive director of UN-Habitat, “will be remembered for the greatest social, cultural, economic and environmental transformation in history – the urbanisation of humanity”.
Africa, the world’s most rapidly urbanising continent, will be half-urban by 2050, and its urban population of 1.2 billion will represent nearly a quarter of the world’s. But how will African cities be faring?
Read more @ the SOURCE: DAILY NATION - African urban areas have failed in this ‘Century of the City’.
Kironde offers a column on Tanzania’s rapid urbanisation and how past development was undertaken and what the future holds.
SOURCE: Tanzania Standard Newspapers
Kenyans who earn at least Sh40, 000 a month, who are also considered to be the majority of the emerging middle class, could soon have the chance to get a loan to buy a house in a decent part of Nairobi.
The Government has over the decades failed to make good housing plans to cater for the majority of the residents, who are middle and low-income earners but several urban renewal projects underway could help reduce the acute housing shortage in Nairobi.
The shortage has been caused by poor urban planning by both the Government and the City Council, which have neglected to maintain houses and develop new ones.
SOURCE: Business Daily Africa – the international window into East African business opportunities – New plan to give middle class cheap home loans.
African ministers of environment recently launched the Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, which shows a rapidly changing landscape, prominent of which is the disappearance of glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Ruwenzori Mountains on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda.
SOURCE: allAfrica.com: Africa: Environment Ministers Launch ‘Environment Atlas’
Urban authorities which have failed to allocate special trading areas for petty traders in most towns and cities in the country are to blame for the endless quarrels between street hawkers known as machingas and local government officials.
But poverty has also been fueling the increase of street hawkers as most youths flock into cities and towns in search of better lives. But with little education they find themselves unable to secure decent jobs, thereby resorting to petty trading.
SOURCE: IPPMedia.com – Poor planning in towns and cities fuels street hawkers.