Max Lock Centre working with University of Westminster graduates on the sustainable development of cities in Sub Saharan Africa
Planning, Housing and Urban Design 3 June 2014
The focus of the study is on the sustainable development of Rwandan Secondary Cities as part of a 'green growth' framework for the country. MLC joins a team that includes IMC Worldwide, Economic Consulting Associates, Arups and Green and Clean Solutions who have been appointed by the inter-governmental, Seoul-based Global Green Growth Institute, to provide research and consultancy services for this ongoing programme.
At the Rwanda end, the main point of contact is the Ministry of Infrastructure in Kigali. Their principal international adviser on urbanisation is Antje Ilberg who graduated from Westminster's Urban Design MA in 1999.
MLC will review international good practice in green city development and draw on the work of Prof Simon Joss and Daniel Tomozeiu of the University's Department of Politics and International Relations' as part of The Leverhulme International Network Tomorrow’s City Today: An International Comparison of Eco-City Frameworks.
In Kenya, another 2011 graduate of the International Planning and Sustainable Development course, Martyn Clark, is working with the MLC on a UK Government, DFID-funded programme project to enable youth employment in the field of sustainable solid waste management in the city of Mombasa.
As part of the widening range of work being undertaken by MLC in sustainable urban development across the African sub continent, Tony Lloyd-Jones is part of a team working with the Affordable Housing Institute of Boston on World Bank-funded research into Stocktaking of the Housing Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This research is aimed at enhancing evidence based knowledge of the housing sector and the understanding of the relative importance of supply and demand determinants for affordable housing in Sub-Saharan Africa, looking at the case study countries of Nigeria, Ethiopia and Cameroon. MLC is conducting a detailed data collection and analysis of the Nigeria case study.
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