Tag Archives: African urbanism

Reflections on the New Climate Economy Report on Urbanisation in Ethiopia

This post provides some reflections on the recently released report titled Unlocking the Power of Ethiopia’s Cities, which was jointly prepared by the Global Green Growth Institute and Ethiopia Development Research Institute and funded by the New Climate Economy initiative. … Continue reading

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Five urbanisation challenges in Addis Ababa

I was recently quizzed on what I consider to be the key urbanisation issues in Addis Ababa based on my experience living in the city over the last year. So here is a quick overview of five urbanisation challenges facing … Continue reading

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State of African Cities report – Does it reflect the reality of Addis Ababa?

On 28 of February UN-Habitat released its State of African Cities report, with a focus on “re-imagining sustainable urban transitions.” Having lived in Addis Ababa for the last nine months, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to compare the … Continue reading

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My article in the Guardian on the taxi network in Addis Ababa

After published my blog post last week on the taxi network in Addis Ababa, the Guardian asked me to write an article for their ‘Cities in Motion’ series. I would like to add that the article probably should have acknowledged … Continue reading

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The informal taxi network in Addis Ababa: A complex-adaptive system?

In Addis Ababa there are three main forms of public transport: government-run buses with set routes, contract taxis, and an informal network of buses and minivan taxis that operate on a range of different routes across the city based largely … Continue reading

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Some useful links to urban issues in Addis Ababa

This week the Guardian launched its new Guardian Cities website. According to this article, the purpose of the new website is: …as an open platform for critical discussion and debate about the issues facing the world’s metropolitan centres…Featuring regular contributions … Continue reading

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No pain, no gain? Rapid urban growth and urbanism in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, the high altitude capital of Ethiopia, is a city undergoing one of the fastest rates of urban growth in the world. The huge scale of development and change that is occurring makes it seem like the entire city is … Continue reading

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