Associational Life in African Cities: Popular Responses to the Urban Crisis
This book is about the multitude of associations that has emerged in African cities in recent years. In many cases, they are a response to mounting poverty, failing infrastructure and services, and more generally, weak and abdicating urban governments. Some associations are new, in other cases existing organisations are taking on new tasks. Associations may be neighbourhood-based, others may be city-wide and based on professional groupings or share ideology or religion. Still others have an ethnic base.
After an introductory chapter on the urban crisis, governance and associational life, the contributions are grouped in five sections: (i) coping through informal networks; (ii) religion and identity; (iii) land and housing; (iv) services; and (v) emerging initiatives. Case studies are drawn from a diverse set of African countries, 16 altogether.
A central theme is how economic decline and the downgrading of the role of the state has led to an upsurge of civil society through urban associations and the strengthening of networks. Urban associations are engaged both in the day-to-day matters of urban management and long-term urban development, while informal networks form an important basis for coping with everyday life.
In this volume:
- The Urban Crisis, Governance and Associational Life
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Comparing legal activism in Zimbabwe and Zambia
O'Brien Kaaba, Marja Hinfelaar, Tony Zhou
A Theory of Change for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Designing resource governance pathways to improve developmental outcomes
Philippe Le Billon, Päivi Lujala, Siri Aas Rustad
Supporting civil society during the Covid-19 pandemic. The potentials of online collaborations for social accountability
Saul Mullard, Per Aarvik
Justifiable energy injustices? Exploring institutionalised corruption and electricity sector “problem-solving” in Ghana and Kenya
Festus Boamah, David Aled Williams, Joana Afful
Energy Research and Social Science
Health equity and COVID-19: global perspectives
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International Journal for Equity in Health
Drivers of Health in sub-Saharan Africa: A Dynamic Panel Analysis.
Mwimba Chewe and Peter Hangoma
Health Policy OPEN