Collaborations

The Cities Alliance and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) have launched a major new partnership initiative to support African cities as they transform themselves into resilient, inclusive centres of economic growth.

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The AAPS Editorial Board has finalised its selection of papers for submission to the GPEAN/Routledge publication Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning, Volume 6.

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Wednesday, 03 June 2015

The international advocacy network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) has announced the launch of a new blog platform.

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The African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town presents a new book by Kim Gurney — The Art of Public Space: Curating and Re-imagining the Ephemeral City.

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The Southern African City Studies Conference will be held in Durban (South Africa) from 17 to 19 March 2016.

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The second Conference of Planning Students and Young Graduates (CPSYG 2015) will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg at their Doornfontein campus in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The University of Basel (Unibas) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) are jointly establishing a professorship in urban studies which will be based in the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at UCT.

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Since February 2014 the University of Nairobi has been implementing a community-based upgrading studio in collaboration with the Muugano Support Trust (MuST), the Kenyan affiliate of Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI). This is the latest in a series of studio projects jointly organised by the Association of African Planning Schools and SDI since 2010.

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The website of AAPS partner Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) has posted a blog article and report on a recent planning studio conducted by the University of Zambia (UNZA) along with the local SDI affiliate, People's Process on Housing and Poverty in Zambia (PPHPZ).

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UN-Habitat has produced a set of guidelines on urban safety in Latin America. Now, a start has been made on producing a similar set of guidelines for Africa.

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As part of the establishment of a new Master of Spatial Planning degree at the University of Zambia (UNZA) in Lusaka, the University has been building links with Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) and its local affiliate, People's Process on Housing and Poverty in Zambia (PPHPZ).

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Recently the Africa Research Institute (ARI) teamed up with AAPS members to produce a series of publications related to planning education in Africa. All three publications are now available for download, free of charge, from the ARI website.

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Over the past five years African planning law expert Stephen Berrisford (Adjunct Professor at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town) has led an AAPS project to promote planning law reform on the continent (click HERE to read about past work).

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On 23 and 24 September 2013, UN-Habitat and the University of Nairobi co-hosted a workshop to explore ways of increasing mutual collaboration between UN-Habitat and AAPS members in Kenya, and to create a forum for the schools to formulate how they may promote AAPS objectives in Kenya.

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The Departments of Land Management and Architecture at the Polytechnic of Namibia recently undertook the site analysis phase of an informal settlement upgrading studio, in collaboration with the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) and the Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG).

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Recently the Africa Research Institute (ARI) teamed up with AAPS members to produce a series of publications related to planning education in Africa. We are pleased to announce that the first publication of this series is now available.

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Another joint AAPS-SDI studio is currently underway in Dar es Salaam, where students from Ardhi University are working with the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI), local community members and federation leaders on two informal settlement upgrading projects. The targeted settlements are Maganga and Kombo.

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From 20 to 21 March 2013, the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) took part in the inaugural meeting of the African Urban Research Initiative (AURI), held at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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In concert with the initiation of a new Masters in Spatial Planning programme in 2013, the University of Zambia (UNZA) has submitted a proposal to Comic Relief for a community-led slum upgrading programme based in Lusaka.

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From 5 to 7 February 2013, a group of AAPS members took part in a workshop meeting on collaborative studio teaching projects in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop focused on the opportunities, challenges and practicalities of organising planning studios in partnership with local informal communities and NGOs such as Shack/Slum Dwellers International (with whom AAPS has a Memorandum of Understanding).

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