Africa’s urbanisation rate is the highest in the world. Depending on the degree and efficacy of urban governance and planning, this can be either be an opportunity or a challenge.
Poorly planned cities can result in increased inequality, poverty, crime, slum proliferation and public health hazards. Alternatively, effective urban governance and planning can facilitate economic growth, poverty reduction, cultural renaissances and transformation.
The House activities are inspired by a set of studies conducted by the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) on ‘Urban Governance and Turning Cities around in Africa’ and works closely with policy actors to bridge the gap between research evidence being produced in this area and public policy and practice. Urban governance is being implemented in Nairobi and Kigali
The overall goal of the house is to promote inclusive urbanism that provides multiple rationality and innovations. The following specific objectives forms the cornerstone of the house;
Anchor Study (Primary Evidence Sources)
The House relies on evidence from studies conducted on Urban Governance in Luanda, Angola, Johannesburg South Africa and Lagos Nigeria. To achieve its objectives’, the house has designed well thought out activities that entails a mixture of research, policy actors’ engagement, debates and exchanges, structured dialogues and media outreach, to address difficult development and policy issues and improve the lives of urban residents of Kigali. The forums bring together various stakeholders on urban governance to co-create and co-produce throughout the research cycle include the uptake process.
Countries of Focus
Kenya and Rwanda
Urban Governance and City Transformation House works across two workstreams.