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Joyce Nyairo: Urban Africa, Urban Africans - Binds, Boundaries and Belongings (ECAS 2017)
Streamed live on 30 Jun 2017

In the 21st Century, what are the glaring social divides between urban African Africa(ns) and rural Africa(ns)? In what ways has the spread of digital technology conflated with the death of zoning and town planning in Kenya, to erase the physical demarcations between socio-economic spaces? How does this erasure relate to a fluidity of the imaginary, to notions of identity and practices of belonging?

This lecture looks at modern Africa through the lens of Kenya, an East African country whose rapid economic growth is assumed to have contributed to a widespread shift in notions of identity and belonging. How does autochthony further urbanity and how does it disrupt urban belonging? Beyond looking at physical spaces and their impact on character and identity, the paper also unpacks contemporary death and funerary practices to expand the notion of modernity and to explore the concept of "detribalized" Africans. A key argument in this description of the prototype of the Kenyan funeral is that the identity we would like to term as "Kenyan" is best understood by looking at dominant responses to death and dying and the ways – and places in which - people bury. Do class factors weigh into this equation and in this context, how does the aspirational sense that defines post-colonial Kenya erase the notion of class?

The lecture concludes that urban Africa is a conglomeration of cultural practices in the same way that the idea of urban Africans is the sum total of ethnic threads. Tribe has not disappeared, it has increasingly multiplied into a meshed quilt.

Joyce Nyairo is an independent researcher who works on cultural memory projects.

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.  

Kenya Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights Webinar

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Keynote Interview on International Responses to Urbanization
Published on 19 Jun 2017

Presentations by: Morgane Danielou, Vice President of Operations, Emerging Ag 

Brave Ndisale, Strategic Programme Leader, Food Security and Nutrition, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN 

Gerda Verburg, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

at the IFPRI special event, "Food Security and Nutrition in an Urbanizing World" held Tuesday June 6th, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. More information at: http://www.ifpri.org/event/food-secur...

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.  

Leading Slum Dwellers around the World to Improve Their Cities

In 2008—for the first time in history—more people were living in urban than in rural areas. Today, more than one billion people live in slums. Founded by a collective of slum dwellers and concerned professionals headed by Jockin Arputham, a community organizer in India, Slum Dwellers International works to have slums recognized as vibrant, resourceful, and dignified communities. SDI organizes slum dwellers to take control of their futures; improve their living conditions; and gain recognition as equal partners with governments and international organizations in the creation of inclusive cities. With programs in nearly 500 cities, including more than 15,000 slum dweller-managed savings groups reaching one million people; 20 agreements with national governments; and nearly 130,000 families who have secured land rights, SDI has been a driving force for change for slum dwellers around the world.

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Lecture 6.6, Part 1: Urbanization and Immigration
Published on 5 Feb 2017

Based on:
"Shi, D. E., & Tindall, G. B. (2016). Chapter nineteen: Political stalemate and rural revolt, 1865-1900. America: A narrative history (10th ed.) New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company."

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Lecture 6.6, Part 2: Urbanization and Immigration
Published on 5 Feb 2017

Based on:
"Shi, D. E., & Tindall, G. B. (2016). Chapter nineteen: Political stalemate and rural revolt, 1865-1900. America: A narrative history (10th ed.) New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company."

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Lecture 6.6, Part 3: Immigration and Urbanization
Published on 5 Feb 2017

Based on:
"Shi, D. E., & Tindall, G. B. (2016). Chapter nineteen: Political stalemate and rural revolt, 1865-1900. America: A narrative history (10th ed.) New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company."

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Lecture 6.6, Part 4: Urbanization and Immigration
Published on 7 Feb 2017

Based on:
"Shi, D. E., & Tindall, G. B. (2016). Chapter nineteen: Political stalemate and rural revolt, 1865-1900. America: A narrative history (10th ed.) New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company."

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This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat.

Meeting the Challenges of Urbanization: Case Studies of Scalable Approaches
Published on 19 Jun 2017

Chair: Andre de Jager, Managing Director Agriculture, SNV

Speakers: Eelco Baan, Senior Advocacy Officer Agriculture, SNV

Rikki Agudah, acting CEO, Society of Crop Agribusiness Advisors of Kenya (SOCAA) Clement Onyango, Director, CUTS ARC

at the IFPRI special event, "Food Security and Nutrition in an Urbanizing World" held Tuesday June 6th, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. More information at: http://www.ifpri.org/event/food-secur...

Source: Youtube

This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-Habitat. 

 
Mega cities - Tokyo National Geographic

Mention Tokyo and the images come fast and furious: the whoosh of the bullet train, hundreds of thousands of commuters texting on tiny mobile phones, the precision of a sushi chef, a sumo wrestler thumping the ground. The world’s largest metropolis—nearly 34 million people in commuting distance—may be a blur, but it’s a very genteel one. Look closer and you’ll notice refined touches everywhere: fashion, architecture, manhole covers (yes, manhole covers), the exquisite wrapping of a package, or the way your shoes are magically turned in the right direction when you’re ready to leave the city. All this and Hello Kitty too.

 

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