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There's a disconnect between research and urban planning in Africa: how to fix it

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An article by Sylvia Croese, University of the Witwatersrand and Ntombini Marrengane, University of Cape Town.


The African continent is fast on its way to becoming one of the world’s largest urban hubs. This has spawned growing interest in African urbanisation by both researchers and policy makers. But a great deal of the knowledge –and policy that stems from it– doesn’t adequately respond to the challenges faced by those who govern and are governed on the ground.


We address this problem in our new book "Reframing the Urban Challenge in Africa". Contributions are from various members of the African Urban Research Initiative, a pan-African interdisciplinary research network. It is made up of 21 universities, think tanks, research (...)


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