“Most Africans, the ones in rural areas as well as people in the urban areas, are in the informal sector. And there is a reason for that: they cannot afford to be unemployed. Most of the unemployed in Africa are people with secondary school degrees, who have finished secondary school or even university. They are… Continue reading A World Bank chief economist’s take on informality and employment in Africa
The new year is here, and with it, a new chapter full of new opportunities to explore, study and discuss urban development in African cities. This list spotlights a handful of initiatives, websites and projects to look forward to in 2013.
In the Africa.com article “The Top 10 Most Livable Cities in Africa”, I was excited to see the city that I currently reside in — Accra, Ghana — listed as the second most livable city in the continent. As you might guess, it’s many of the continent’s main attractions that find themselves on the list —… Continue reading How do we measure “livability” in African cities?
My fav supervisor pointed me in the direction of this fabulous scholarly journal on contemporary Africa art, appropriately titled Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. Nka is published three times a year out of Duke University, and it’s been around since 1994, but I’ve just discovered it, and I’m glad I did! The journal’s mission,… Continue reading An awesome new find: Nka, Journal of Contemporary African Art