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  • 1.
    Byerley, Andrew
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Ambivalent inheritance: Jinja Town in search of a postcolonial refrain2011Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Jinja Town in Uganda, selected as one of five centres of growth in the post-WWII era of colonial developmentism, is perennially represented in the Ugandan media as the quintessential industrial town gone off-track. This is particularly evident for the case of the African housing estates built in Jinja in the 1950s where the dominant everyday rhythm is no longer dictated by the factory siren or the monthly wage but is instead a landscape scored by multiple rhythms. By conceptualising these estates as inherited machines – still loaded with a profusion of signs and objects from the era of the modern industrial ‘refrain’ – this paper seeks both to illustrate the colonial planning rationality and to examine contemporary processes of vernacular urbanism and contestations surrounding ‘re-occupations’ of the post-colonial city. It is argued that we need to seriously question any a priori invocation of a generic form of vernacular urbanism that is (or is not) to be prioritized over or ‘mixed’ with a Western planning cycle. Instead, the case study shows how historically mediated place specificities complicate the notion that the logics of place making can be unproblematically abstracted from.

  • 2.
    Eriksson Baaz, Maria
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. Göteborgs universitet.
    Successive flops and occasional feats: development contributions and thorny social navigation among Congolese return migrants2015In: Africa's return migrants: the new developers? / [ed] Lisa Åkesson and Maria Eriksson Baaz, London ; Uppsala: Zed Books ; Nordiska Afrikainstutet , 2015, p. 23-43Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Lindell, Ilda
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Between exit and voice: informality and the spaces of popular agency : special issue2010In: African Studies Quarterly: The Online Journal of African Studies, ISSN 1093-2658, Vol. 11, no 2-3, p. 1-124Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Lindell, Ilda
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Hedman, Maria
    Nathan-Verboomen, Kyle
    The World Cup 2010 and the urban poor: ‘World class cities’ for all?2010Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    South Africa was expecting to benefit by hosting the World Cup 2010. For urban disadvantaged groups, however, the reality proved very different. Street vendors and marketers were among the excluded. Evictions caused many of them to lose their livelihoods, and strict regulations made it difficult for them to derive economic benefit from the mega-event. This Policy Note explores their predicament, as well as the responses of grassroots organizations. Finally, lessons are drawn for cities aspiring to host similar events in the future.

  • 5.
    Lindell, Ilda
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet.
    Norström, Jennifer
    Stockholms universitet.
    Byerley, Andrew
    Stockholms universitet.
    New City visions and the politics of redevelopment in Dar es Salaam2016Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In the midst of widespread urban deprivation, African governments increasingly give priority to large-scale ultra-modern urban projects, intended to increase national income and propel their urban settlements onto the global stage of ‘world-class’ cities. However, such projects are often in tension with the realities of local residents.

  • 6.
    Margaret, Sraku-Lartey
    et al.
    Ghana.
    Daniel, Buor
    Ghana.
    Adjei, Prince Osei-Wusu
    Department of Geography and Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.
    Foli, Ernest G.
    Ghana.
    Perceptions and knowledge on climate change in local communities in the Offinso Municipality, Ghana2018In: Information Development, ISSN 0266-6669, E-ISSN 1741-6469Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Climate change is considered to be a significant threat that faces mankind in this century. In Ghana, it isexpected to have a significant effect on agriculture and other climate dependent livelihoods in all ten regionsof the country. The development and implementation of policies on climate change in Ghana require theincorporation of local people’s perception and knowledge of the risks they are exposed to. A study to assessthe perceptions and knowledge of climate change was undertaken in the Offinso Municipality in Ghana. The study used a cross-sectional design where the information gathered represented what was going on at onepoint in time. Respondents (307) were selected from Kwapanin, Koforidua, Kyebi, Sampronso and Anyinasusocommunities using the systematic sampling method. The study used questionnaires, focus group discussionsand targeted interviews to collect primary information on local people’s perception on climate change. Theanalysis used descriptive statistics (frequency and percentages) and chi-square to detect any associationbetween demographic characteristics of local people and their perception of climate change. In addition theknowledge levels of respondents on climate change was analysed. The results indicate that perception ofclimate change is not influenced by origin, gender or level of education; however, it is significantly influencedby age. A knowledge portfolio showed that local people did not have in-depth knowledge on climate change ingeneral. There is therefore the need to create awareness and sensitize local people on causes, indicators andeffects of climate change.

  • 7.
    Oestigaard, Terje
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.
    Sandström, EmilAnders, Jägerskog
    Land and Hydropolitics in the Nile River Basin: Challenges and New Investments2016Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Nile River Basin supports the livelihoods of millions of people in Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda, principally as water for agriculture and hydropower. The resource is the focus of much contested development, not only between upstream and downstream neighbours, but also from countries outside the region. This book investigates the water, land and energy nexus in the Nile Basin.

    It explains how the current surge in land and energy investments, both by foreign actors as well as domestic investors, affects already strained transboundary relations in the region and how investments are intertwined within wider contexts of Nile Basin history, politics and economy. Overall, the book presents a range of perspectives, drawing on political science, international relations theory, sociology, history and political ecology.

  • 8.
    Söderman, Inga
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Östafrika: En ekonomisk-geografisk orientering1966Other (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Udelsmann Rodrigues, Cristina
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Frias, Sónia
    University of Lisbon.
    Between the City Lights and the Shade of Exclusion: Post-war accelerated urban transformation of Luanda, Angola2015In: Urban Forum, ISSN 1015-3802, E-ISSN 1874-6330Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    With nearly five centuries of history and major war-related impacts in the second half of the twentieth century, Luanda has recently been subject to outstanding changes that make the capital of Angola an important urban case study for Africa. Today, the city is not only an evident materialization of the oil wealth being channelled into reconstruction after decades of civil war, but also reflects and translates the diverse perspectives of its residents and policy makers regarding the city and urban life. As it is reconfigured, it also transforms the mentalities and daily lives of urban dwellers and policy stakeholders, reinforcing the idea of improvement and modernity. In order to better understand the processes of physical and social change that have taken place within the city and the intertwined logics, this article makes reference to three distinct key stages of its history, pointing out their main features and the transformations that have occurred: the colonial period of sociospatial dualization (1576-1974), the period between independence and the last peace agreement (1975-2002) of profound and extensive urban mixture, and the post-war period (2002-present) marked by accelerated sociospatial reconfigurations. More specifically, it analyses the very recent urban phenomena, the urban plans and new urban features, discussing the correlations between physical transformations and the rationalities and perspectives that accompany them, both of the urban planners and of the urban dwellers, discussing the implications in terms of new inclusions and exclusions in the city.

  • 10.
    Åkesson, Lisa
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Migration, mobility and transnational relations. Göteborgs universitet.
    Obstacles and openings: returnees and small-scale businesses in Cape Verde2015In: Africa's return migrants: the new developers? / [ed] Lisa Åkesson and Maria Eriksson Baaz, London ; Uppsala: Zed Books ; Nordiska Afrikainstutet , 2015, p. 152-172Chapter in book (Refereed)
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