Local Innovation

Money in a slum: the logic of small gains

Money in a slum: the logic of small gains

Dagna Rams is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Social and Political Science at the University of Lausanne, researching urban management and the politics and economies at the heart of the slum communities/informal settlements of Old Fadama and Agbogbloshie (Ghana). On a research outing around one […]

On water improvements: Access, attitudes and economics

On water improvements: Access, attitudes and economics

When it comes to sustainable improvements in community water and sanitation access, the “hardware” (physical facility) is just the beginning — it’s the “software” (changing attitudes, behaviors, mindsets) that makes the difference. Equally important is addressing the economic dynamics that govern people’s water vending and purchasing behavior. […]

Use, Misuse and Reuse: Buildings Function in Doula, Cameroon

Use, Misuse and Reuse: Buildings Function in Doula, Cameroon

In her article “Intertwined Architectures,” in ArchiAfrika’s  March newsletter, author Danièle  Diwouta-Kotto discusses the use, misuse and reuse of buildings in contemporary Douala, Cameroon, and the significant changes and deterioration of these buildings over time: “The colonial built environment is a shared heritage, part of […]

Construction for BRT Project Set to Begin

Construction for BRT Project Set to Begin

In order to address massive congestion throughout the Greater Accra Region, the Ghana’s government, in collaboration with the World Bank, Global Environment Facility and French Development Agency have launched a USD 46million Urban Transport Project, a five-tiered project aimed at regulating and improving urban transport […]

Accra: Informal Approaches to Mixed-Use Development

Accra: Informal Approaches to Mixed-Use Development

Plainly speaking, mixed-use development is the practice of having more than one form of “use” or activity (e.g., residential, commercial, office, recreational, industry) in a building or building complex. “Mixed use,” in city planning terms then, is a combination of these activities in one space. […]

Efficient Transportation as an Essential Mode Toward Development: The Case of Ghana

Efficient Transportation as an Essential Mode Toward Development: The Case of Ghana

This post was originally written as an article for Unchain Africa Press a monthly newsletter on African development topics. The original article can be accessed here.  In Accra, as in many major African cities, traffic congestion has become a familiar source of frustration and a […]

Things I should have done in school…

Things I should have done in school…

Setting up design challenges for myself, to keep my skills up! Currently fiddling around with Google Sketchup trying to replicate this, a house in Warri, Nigeria: Here’s what I came up. At least it resembles the house, although it needs a bit of work. Not […]