Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development

Reflections on African Cities in Transition

Selected Continental Experiences

Editors: Reddy, Purshottama Sivanarain, Wissink, Henry (Eds.)

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  • Describes African cities in transition and the economic, socio-political, and environmental challenges they face
  • Presents case studies of cities, for example in South Africa, Ghana, and Zimbabwe
  • Highlights key issues and developmental challenges affecting African cities
  • Considers alternative approaches and models for the future governance and management of cities
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This volume describes African cities in transition, and the economic, socio-political, and environmental challenges resulting from rapid post-colonial urbanization. As the African continent continues to transition from urban configurations inherited from colonial influences and history, it faces issues such as urban slum expansion, increased demands for energy and clean water, lack of adequate public transportation, high levels of inequality among different socio-economic population strata, and inadequate urban governance, planning, and policies. African cities in transition need to reconsider current policies and developmental trajectories to facilitate and sustain economic growth and Africa’s strategic repositioning in the world.

Written by an international team of scholars and practitioners, this volume uses case studies to focus on key issues and developmental challenges in selected African cities. Topics include but are not limited to, smart cities, changing notions of democracy, the city’s role in attaining the SDGs, local governance, alternative models for governance and management, corruption, urbanisation and future cities.

About the authors

Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy is a senior professor and subnational governance specialist in the School of Management, IT and Governance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. He is currently Vice President of Programmes and founder Project Director of the working group on sub-national governance and development, and member of the Board of Management representing the African Region of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) (Brussels).

Henry Wissink is a professor of Public Governance at the School of Management, IT and Governance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. He is broadly educated and skilled in the fields of public governance, public policy analysis, development studies, organisation, and leadership development. He is the Director of the Unit for Sustainable Urban Governance and Innovation (USUGAI) at the UKZN, aimed at improving knowledge, technologies and skills needed for the development of smart, sustainable, resilient and agile cities of the future, particularly in the developing world.


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • The Political/Administrative Interface in African Countries

    Pages 1-16

    Thornhill, Chris

  • The Changing Notion of Democracy and Public Participation in Cities in Africa: A Time for an Alternative?

    Pages 17-38

    Kariuki, Paul

  • The Dynamics of Councillor Versus Traditional Leadership in South African Local Government: A Study of Understanding, Attitudes and Perceptions

    Pages 39-65

    Klaas-Makolomakwe, Gladys (et al.)

  • The Governance and Management of African Cities: Alternative Approaches and Models Towards Transforming into Successful Cities of the Future

    Pages 67-90

    Wissink, Henry

  • Urbanization and the Quality of Growth in Uganda: The Challenge of Structural Transformation and Sustainable and Inclusive Development

    Pages 91-118

    Pozhidaev, Dmitry

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reflections on African Cities in Transition
Book Subtitle
Selected Continental Experiences
Editors
  • Purshottama Sivanarain Reddy
  • Henry Wissink
Series Title
Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46115-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46115-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46114-0
Series ISSN
2198-7262
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 314
Number of Illustrations
23 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
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