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Africa’s growing cities: how do people adapt?
The dome of a mosque under construction
T. Smith / Panos Pictures
With World Habitat Day on October 6, in this article Dr. Mark Napier provides a timely insight on the urgent need to address unequal access to land and property. Specifically he reflects on how African cities grow and the way poor people can integrate themselves into urban economies.

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Consolidating the regional diplomacy of Côte d’Ivoire
O. Padonou / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Côte d’Ivoire has gone through two decades of political instability and conflict, leading to the near collapse of many of its government institutions. President Alassane Ouattara’s arrival on the political scene in 2...
Fighting corruption in South Asia: building accountability
Transparency International, 2014
Hardly a speech is delivered in South Asia without mention of the need to fight corruption in the region. Yet despite the lofty promises, corruption is on the rise. This report shows how a serious lack of political will on the part of...
Guinea: anti-corruption institutions
Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project, 2013
After languishing for ten years or more, efforts to tackle corruption in Guinea received a serious crack of the whip immediately after the presidential elections of November 2010. The government relaunched systematic audits of public ...
Promoting peer review as a compliance mechanism for regional integration
C. Grant Makokera; S. Gruzd / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Multilateral organisations have long used peer review as a means to encourage compliance with commitments made in the pursuit of various socio-economic goals. Africa established the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) as an indigenou...
China and Zimbabwe: the context and contents of a complex relationship
A. Alao / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
China’s extensive relations with African countries continue to attract interest and concern, especially as the category of those expressing disquiet about the possibility of this being another kind of colonialism now seems to be...
Manual B: urban land access: the steps
Urban LandMark, 2008
This manual is targeted at people who are working with or want to work with others to get land to build housing for the group in South Africa. The manual focuses on land for settlement development or urban land. The publication...
Analysis of qualitative survey on accessing, holding and trading land: synthesis report
W. Smit / Urban LandMark, 2008
Holding and trading of urban land by the poor is still an issue in South Africa. The current report presents and analysis of a number of interviews that were undertaken by concerned NGO in nine South African settlements to shed lights...
Getting down to business: lessons from the African Peer Review Mechanism
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
The Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is an initiative aimed at fostering good governance and development in its participating states. As part of its multi-pronged inquiry, it devotes a great deal of attention to investigating corpo...
‘Good Citizens’: corporate social responsibility in Africa
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a growing consideration for businesses. The Country Review Reports (CRRs) compiled through the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) provide a unique lens through which CSR application in Africa...
Corporate governance in Africa’s state-owned enterprises: perspectives on an evolving system
T. Corrigan / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
The African Peer Review Mechanism’s (APRM) Country Review Reports (CRRs) provide a unique overview of central themes in Africa’s political economy, and the insights they provide into corporate governance are particularly u...
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