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See photographs from the AAPS 2012 conference's field trip to Kibera and Huruma settlements in Nairobi below.

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Following the conclusion of the third AAPS all-schools meeting, held in Nairobi from 16 to 18 October 2012, the position of chair of the AAPS Steering Committee is now held by Prof Babatunde Agbola (University of Ibadan). Prof Agbola replaces Prof Vanessa Watson (University of Cape Town), who fulfilled this position with great committment and leadership from 2010 to 2012.

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Since 2011, AAPS has held a Memorandum of Understanding with the international advocacy network, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO).

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CALL FOR PAPERS

International Planning History Society (IPHS)

Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal

International Conference

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The 2012/2013 version of the UN-Habitat State of the World's Cities Report was recently released at the World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy. The report is subtitled 'Prosperity of Cities'.

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Read the SDI blog reporting on the recently concluded AAPS-SDI collaborative studio projects conducted in Blantyre and Mzuzu, Malawi (reposted from HERE).

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We are delighted to announce the 50th member of AAPS: the National University of Lesotho (NUL).

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As part of AAPS's strategy to promote planning law reform in Africa, over the past week a gathering of urban planning and legal experts have taken part in a workshop at the Rockefeller Foundation Centre in Bellagio.

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On 11th July 2012, the University of Nairobi's School of the Built Environment, in collaboration with its partners, organized a regional conference to explore approaches and share lessons on sustainable up-scaling of informal settlements upgrading in East Africa.

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As part of the AAPS effort to help establish a Master of Spatial Planning curriculum at the University of Zambia (UNZA) (click HERE to read more), the Association offered a bursary to Gilbert Siame, UNZA Staff Development Fellow, to undertake the two-year Masters in City and Regional Planning programme at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).

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AAPS is delighted to announce another new member: Anambra State University (ANSU) located in Uli, Nigeria.

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The Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), in collaboration with the College of Architecture and Planning at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), will host the 2nd International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa (ICIDA 2013).

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We are delighted to announce that, as a result of AAPS Chair Professor Vanessa Watson's recent trip to the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN) committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, AAPS can welcome another Francophone member. This is the Institut National d'Aménagement et d'Urbanisme (INAU) located in Rabat, Morocco.

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From the 3rd to 5th October 2012, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Lagos will host its Second International Conference, themed 'Urban Transitions in a Dynamic World'.

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The 2012 edition of the Wealth Report contains some interesting information regarding global economic and wealth trends, in relation to cities. For those interested in African cities, some of the findings might be surprising.

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Within the framework of its strategy for building comparative knowledge on Africa produced from within the African continent, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites proposals from researchers based in African universities and centres of research for the constitution of Comparative Research Networks (CRNs) to undertake studies on or around any of the themes identified as priority research themes within the framework of the Council's strategic plan for the period 2012 to 2016.

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Those working on ICT, infrastructure and economic development will find the 2012 version of the World Economic Forum's Global IT report to be a great source of information about African performance in terms of ICT and 'network readiness'.

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The rapid pace of urbanisation across the globe has lead to substantial challenges in the planning and development of cities. With 50% of the world's population now living in urban areas, urban planners need to create sustainable, liveable cities and provide for adequate infrastructure to solve the problems of congestion, air pollution and ageing infrastructure that could potentially limit a city's growth. Asian cities in particular are focusing on restructuring and revitalising their urban environments, blending in sustainability elements to ensure their efforts towards maintaining economic growth do not compromise long term liveability for their inhabitants.

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Text and Pictures by Peter Kasaija (Makerere University)

In partnership with SDI and AAPS, the departments of Geography, Geoinformatics and Climatic Sciences (CAES), and Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning (CEDAT) of Makerere University undertook a reality studio involving final year urban and regional planning students (as well as an architecture student) among local informal settlement communities in Uganda.

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The fourth African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) took place in Nairobi earlier this month, with the theme, 'Territorial planning, basic services for all and the impacts of climate change in Africa'.

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