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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is proud to launch SDSN.edu, a new flagship educational initiative offering free online courses on sustainable development, created and brought to you by global experts from around the world. 

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The Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (FURS), a charity associated with the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, wishes to appoint a post-doctoral Research Fellow, for the calendar year 2015. The Fellowship will be based in the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town for the full twelve months.

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The AAPS Secretariat is delighted to announce two new Kenyan members: the University of Eldoret and the Technical University of Kenya.

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We are very pleased to announce that another Nigerian planning school has joined AAPS: Bells University of Technology in Ota (Ogun State).

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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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A workshop dedicated to the topic of 'Urban Political Ecology in African Cities' is scheduled to take place at the University of Pretoria from 22 to 26 September 2014.

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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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The AAPS Secretariat is delighted to announce the call for papers for the upcoming AAPS 2014 conference, themed ‘African Urban Planning and the Global South: Pedagogy, Research, Practice’.

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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Lagos (Nigeria) will host the upcoming International Conference of Urban and Regional Planning (ICURP14) from 6 to 8 October 2014.

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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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The ICLEI Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013 Congress (LOCS2013), held in Dar es Salaam from 30 October to 1 November 2013, concluded with delegates adopting the Dar es Salaam Communiqué prepared by African Mayors and subnational leaders.

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AAPS recently acted as an endorser of the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) Africa 2013 congress on local climate solutions, held in Dar es Salaam from 30 October to 1 November 2013. AAPS contributed to a congress session on climate change and planning education. Prof A.C. Mosha of the University of Botswana participated in the session on behalf of AAPS.

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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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Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) invites applications for a full-time tenure track position (open rank) in historic preservation with a specialization in preservation planning.

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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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Free publication on experiential learning and AAPS, by Nancy Odendaal

The former AAPS project coordinator, Dr Nancy Odendaal of the University of Cape Town, recently authored a paper reflecting on the intellectual approach and project work of AAPS over the past half decade. This paper was published in R. B. Estudos Urbanos e Regionais, which is the journal of ANPUR, the Brazilian planning schools association.

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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