David Dodman - Co-Investigator's blog

The idea of a Special Planning Area might not immediately be alluring. But for the residents of Mukuru, one of the largest ‘slums’ in Nairobi, this mundane phrase hides the potential for a radical transformation in their homes and lives

Ibadan, Nigeria, a city that has experienced devastating high winds and flooding (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)

At a meeting of community organisations in Ibadan, Nigeria, local government officials and academics explored how to deal with the risks facing Africa's urban poor. Challenging long-held assumptions about how African cities work – and who holds the power – will be key to tackling the build-up of risk.

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