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PD4: mitigating conflict and violence in Africa’s rapidly growing cities.

Beall, Jo and Fox, Sean (2011) PD4: mitigating conflict and violence in Africa’s rapidly growing cities. Government Office for Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Over the past 50 years, the urban population of sub-Saharan Africa has expanded at a historically unprecedented rate. Although there is little evidence that urbanisation increases the likelihood of conflict or violence in a country, Africa’s urban transition has occurred in a context of economic stagnation and poor governance, producing conditions conducive to social unrest and violence. In order to improve urban security in the years ahead the underlying risk factors must be addressed, including urban poverty, inequality and fragile political institutions. This, in turn, requires improving urban governance in the region, including strengthening the capacity of local government institutions, addressing the complex political dynamics that impede effective urban planning and management, and cultivating integrated development strategies that involve cooperation between various tiers and spheres of government and civil society.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://www.bis.gov.uk/go-science
Additional Information: © 2011 Crown copyright
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O2 - Development Planning and Policy
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2012 08:53
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2012 16:53
Projects: Foresight Project, Migration and Global Environmental Change
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/41855

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