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From the 3 to 5 May 2011 a congregation of 14 African academics and UN-Habitat staff deliberated on cities and climate change in the context of planning education in Africa.

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We are delighted to welcome the 43rd member of AAPS: the Centre for Planning Studies at Lagos State University, Nigeria.

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AAPS is pleased to announce the call for submissions to the fifth volume of Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning. The AAPS editorial board may choose two or maximum three contributions to submit to the International Editorial Board for inclusion in the final publication.

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From 9 to 23 July, 2011, Les Ateliers Internationaux de maĆ®trise d'oeuvre urbaine will host an international workshop dedicated to the urban planning and design of Bamako, the rapidly growing capital city of Mali. The theme for the workshop is 'New Urban Centralities'.

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The South African Cities Network (SACN) has recently launched the 2011 edition of its State of the Cities Report, subtitled 'Towards Resilient Cities'.

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The African Development Bank has recently approved its urban development strategy. The strategy is anchored on three 'pillars', namely infrastructure delivery, governance, and private sector development. The improvement of urban planning capacity is a broad aim within the governance theme.

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Professor Philip Harrison has been awarded the National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chair in Development Planning and Modelling located at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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From 28 to 30 March 2011, the African Centre for Cities (ACC) hosted delegates from Indian, Kenyan, Brazilian and South African higher education institutions to discuss the potential for comparative case research between the four countries. 

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From 28 to 30 March 2011, the African Centre for Cities (ACC) hosted delegates from Indian, Kenyan, Brazilian and South African higher education institutions to discuss the potential for comparative case research between the four countries.

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In 2010, the Centre for Property Studies (CPS) at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) launched the first of a three year program under the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) in Malawi.

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The first AAPS online educational toolkit, for the theme of 'actor collaboration,' is now available for download. You may find the toolkit by clicking on the 'Resources' link above. Alternatively, click here to be taken directly to the relevant webpage.

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We are delighted to announce the final composition of the new AAPS Steering Committee, to serve until 2012.

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Cities Alliance is a global coalition of cities and their development partners committed to scaling up successful approaches to poverty reduction.

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UN-Habitat has devised the Habitat Partner Universities Initiative as a means of promoting cooperation between UN-Habitat and institutions of higher education, as well as facilitating exchange and cooperation between universities in developing and developed nations.

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We are delighted to welcome the latest member of the Association of African Planning Schools: Bondo University College, located in Kenya (click here to view the institution's website).

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The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), located in Johannesburg, South Africa, has recently advertised the position of head of school for the School of Architecture and Planning.

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The Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) and Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) recently held a small function to celebrate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. The function was attended by representatives of AAPS, SDI, Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), University of Cape Town, as well as the African Centre for Cities.

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Research Committee 21 (RC21) of the International Sociology Association, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (FURS) and the University of Amsterdam invite applications for 25 places on the second collaborative School on Comparative Urban Studies, to be held in Amsterdam from 1 to 12 July 2011.

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It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Yaba College of Technology (located in Lagos, Nigeria) to the Association of African Planning Schools. Several representatives of the College attended the SAPI Planning Africa Conference in Durban (South Africa) in September 2010, where they contacted the AAPS secretariat and indicated their wish to join the Association.

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UN-Habitat recently announced the publication of 'The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequality and Urban Land Markets', the latest report in the series.

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