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People at market Oshidin district

FUTURE LAGOS | Interview with Kolade Akiyode: Inclusive urban management – A case for street traders’ survival

Urban designer and researcher Kolade Akiyode asserts the virtue of inclusive governance for street trading and the informal economy.

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EVENT : The future of public space III: Who owns the space?

[ June 8, 2016; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] The third “Future of Public Spaces” event will explore how control and ownership among various sectors is shaping the future of public spaces.

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FUTURE CAPE TOWN | When young urbanists took over our Instagram

We look back at the most popular and thought-provoking photography from our #CityTakeover campaign on Instagram which kicked off in December 2014.

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FUTURE JOBURG | Jozi’s jumble of buildings defines an African city

The City of Gold’s ever-evolving architecture symbolises the values of a society in flux, according to Mxolisi Makhubo, an architect in Johannesburg.

Informal street traders at the Wynberg taxi rank in Cape Town. 
Credit: worldbank at flickr.com.

FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Why informal traders should matter to a global city

Many occupations in the informal economy are not only important in their contribution to the GDP but also in their potential to build meaningful livelihoods that can shape the well-being of locals and cities alike. In the last part of the series, Sharyn Sassen explores the significance of informal economy occupations in creating better future cities.

Image: informal traders (Sheila Kamunyori)

Examining Nairobi’s split personality

In Kenya’s capital, the informal sector is closely tied to the formal economy. As the city heads toward world-class status, policymakers will need to make careful decisions about how best to accommodate the informal sector, writes Sheila Kamunyori.