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In: Asian Tigers, African Lions
Author: Ton Dietz

Abstract

Africa’s rapid population growth, and even more rapid urbanisation, creates serious sustainability challenges. Like many cities in other parts of the world, African cities try to become ‘green’, and promote change in urban design and lifestyles to encourage more sustainable living. Many of these initiatives are supported by international agencies and illustrated on agency websites. Studying these websites, we try to answer three related questions dealing with the inclusivity of those initiatives: the geographical coverage (which cities?), the thematic coverage (how ‘holistic’?) and the social inclusivity (how inclusive in terms of social focus?). Both scholars and practitioners should become more inclusive in their approaches to sustainable cities in Africa.

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In: African Cities and the Development Conundrum
Author: Ton Dietz

Abstract

Africa is not only the fastest growing continent in terms of population (reaching at least two billion inhabitants by 2050), it has also been probably the fastest-growing continental economy of the last decade, with urban centres bursting with energy, (and demand, and expectations), and with growing evidence of agricultural breakthroughs with many crop and animal products. During the last fifty years, Africa’s population had already tripled and its expanding agricultural sector—and exploding internal and external demand for firewood and other forestry products as well as for water, minerals, and fossil fuels—had resulted in massive land use change. This brought with it a number of threats to biodiversity and soil quality, all amid the looming backdrop of global climate change and its potential impact on the continent. In this chapter, these recent and predicted processes of environmental change will be unpacked and interpreted in relation to their differentiated impacts on diverse geographical settings (such as humid or arid areas) as well as on manifestations of economic, political, and cultural diversity (such as crop cultivation or pastoralism).

In: Environmental Change and African Societies
In: African Roads to Prosperity
In: Crime, Law and Society in Nigeria
Editors: Rufus Akinyele and Ton Dietz
This volume in honour of Stephen Ellis is a follow-up to the public presentation of his book on the history of organised crime in Nigeria This Present Darkness (Hurst, 2016) at the University of Lagos, Nigeria on 28 October 2016. In addition to four papers, and a book review presented at this colloquium, other contributions about crime in Nigeria have been added, written by Nigerian authors. In July 2015 Stephen died, and he has worked on This Present Darkness almost to his last moments, as a senior researcher of the African Studies Centre in Leiden. This book also contains a tribute to his life and work written by his wife and scholar Gerrie ter Haar.

Contributors include: A.E Akintayo, Jackson Aluede, Franca Attoh, Ayodele Atsenuwa, Edmund Chilaka, Samson Folarin, Gerrie ter Haar, Ayodeji Olukoju, Abiodun Oluwadare, Paul Osifodunrin and Leo Enahoro Otoide.
In: Asian Tigers, African Lions
In: Entrepreneurship in Africa
In: Entrepreneurship in Africa
In: Entrepreneurship in Africa