Cities and development

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A ‘whites only’ luxury store in Harare transformed into arts centre for all
In 2014, when Greatermans closed in Zimbawe’s capital, it echoed the economic decline of the country. Now a vibrant and inclusive cultural rebirth is under way at the downtown site

Tawanda Mudzonga in Harare

29, Dec, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Dying too young: focus on communicable diseases takes toll in South Africa’s slums
Diseases such as strokes and diabetes now cause most deaths in South Africa but the health system is still focused on tuberculosis and HIV

Sarah Johnson in Cape Town

11, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘This is apartheid’: Cape Town slum residents condemn forced removals
With one in three South Africans out of work, shanty towns are springing up around the city but the authorities are accused of criminalising poverty with evictions that echo apartheid laws

Sarah Johnson in Cape Town

02, Nov, 2022 @7:45 AM

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Jam today: Nigerians turn a profit from the choked traffic of Lagos
The city’s 24 million people can sit in gridlocked streets for more than 30 hours a week. For some, that represents a good way to make a living

Adebayo Abdul Rahman in Lagos. Photographs by Benson Ibeabuchi

01, Sep, 2022 @5:30 AM

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World’s most violent cities: Medellín crime surge helps Latin America top list
Region has two-thirds of world’s most dangerous cities, with Bogotá, Rio, Mexico City and San Salvador also named in study

Joe Parkin Daniels in Bogotá

26, May, 2022 @7:15 AM

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The big idea: how can we adapt to life with rising seas?
Traditional defences may fail, and migration won’t be possible for everyone. But we may yet find more creative ways to live

Kristina Hill

21, Feb, 2022 @12:30 PM

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Stop talking, start acting, says Africa’s first extreme heat official
Rising temperatures are already killing people in Sierra Leone’s Freetown, says Eugenia Kargbo, who is planning how best to protect the hundreds of thousands living in informal settlements

Saeed Kamali Dehghan

15, Nov, 2021 @8:01 AM

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Community-led upgrade to a Nairobi slum could be a model for Africa
Mukuru, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, has cleaned up its act with improved water, roads and sanitation

Peter Muiruri

12, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The making of a megacity: how Dhaka transformed in 50 years of Bangladesh
In the half century since independence, the capital has expanded – both remarkably and chaotically – from peaceful town to economic hub

Kaamil Ahmed and Rafiqul Islam Montu in Dhaka

26, Mar, 2021 @12:45 PM

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'Inspired by Central Park': the new city for a million outside Karachi
Bahria Town promises Pakistan’s middle classes respite from traffic, terror attacks and blackouts – local villagers are fighting to be heard by developers

Samira Shackle in Karachi

08, Jul, 2019 @12:54 PM

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'There is less fear': restoration of Kabul repairs the ravages of war
Afghanistan rebuilds the old town and creates register of dwellings to promote peace and help residents feel safer

Stefanie Glinski in Kabul

13, May, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Africa's film awards still glitter, but few of its big screens are left
‘Video clubs’ and watching on mobile is taking over from the joyful experience of going to the cinema

Ruth Maclean in Ouagadougou

10, Mar, 2019 @12:24 PM

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