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Governing Urban Africa

  • Carlos Nunes Silva

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Carlos Nunes Silva
    Pages 1-9
  3. Decentralization and Planning Law Reforms

  4. Issues and Challenges in Urban Governance

  5. Citizen Participation in Urban Governance

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 371-380

About this book


This book explores some of the key challenges confronting the governance of cities in Africa, the reforms implemented in the field of urban governance, and the innovative approaches in critical areas of local governance, namely in the broad field of decentralization and urban planning reform, citizen participation, and good governance. The collection also investigates the constraints that continuously hamper urban governments as well as the ability to improve urban governance in African cities through citizen responsive innovations. Decentralization based on the principle of subsidiarity emerges as a critical necessary reform if African cities are to be appropriately empowered to face the challenges created by the unprecedented urban growth rate experienced all over the continent. This requires, among other initiatives, the implementation of an effective local self-government system, the reform of planning laws, including the adoption of new planning models, the development of citizen participation in local affairs, and new approaches to urban informality. The book will be of interest to students, researchers and policy makers in urban studies, and in particular for those interested in urban planning in Africa.


African cities Urban governance governing cities urban planning planning laws Kenya Zimbabwe Angola Tanzania Mozambique development studies Algeria Guinea Nairobi Morocco

Editors and affiliations

  • Carlos Nunes Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LisbonLisboaPortugal

About the editors

Carlos Nunes Silva is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal. His research interests focus on urban planning in Africa, among other issues. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of E-Planning Research.

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