Friday, November 26, 2010

The State of African Cities 2010, by UN-HABITAT

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) recently published a report titled The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequality and Urban Land Markets.

The report breaks down the following for each African region (Northern, Western, Eastern, Central, and Southern):
  • Social geography of urbanization;
  • Economic geography of cities;
  • Geography of urban markets;
  • Geography of climate change; and
  • Emerging issues.
A report such as this one can be used as a reference tool for the creation of socially-conscious business. As major African cities like Lagos, Cairo, and Kinshasa experience acute growth in urban population, how will essential services like shelter, food, education and health be delivered efficiently?

Download the PDF (right-click to save as):Related links:Posted on Vijana FM on November 24, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Kikwete re-elected

DAR ES SALAAM — Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete was re-elected with 61 percent of the vote, electoral officials said Friday, in a poll marked by low turnout and opposition charges of fraud.

The 60-year-old incumbent's closest rival, Wilbrod Slaa, was credited with 26 percent of the vote but snubbed the much-delayed announcement of the results after alleging the ballot was rigged.

Read more from the source (AFP).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010


Let the record show that today I accidently knocked over and spilt four drinks:
  1. A cup of tea (onto myself and the couch I was sitting on);
  2. A container of milk (onto the kitchen floor);
  3. A can of Pepsi after lunch (onto the street); and
  4. A can of Coke (onto my bedroom carpet).
Yes, I feel shameful. But considering that they all fell the same way, I am tempted to feel that something else is going on.

*UPDATE about 2 hours later*

5. A mug of tea (all over my desk, class readings, and receipts of recent purchases).

This can't be serious.