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Think Piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development – Insights from Lusaka, Zambia

Brenda Mwalukanga, Chipampata Musonda, Wilma S. Nchito, and Gilbert Siame

This is a discussion piece on the preliminary findings of a research process and activity around the values and perceptions of decision-makers on the Kafue Bulk Project. The Kafue Bulk Water Infrastructure project was chosen because of its compelling relative…

Think Piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development – Insights from Blantyre, Malawi

Dereck Mamiwa, Tawina Mlowa, Bernard Thole, Burnett Mkandawire, and Kenneth Gondwe

This think piece presents the findings and results of a stakeholders’ think tank workshop for the Innovation Fund research project for Blantyre City: Exploring values and perspectives that underpin the development of African cities. It features stakeholder level of engagement…

Think Piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development - Insights from Harare, Zimbabwe

Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya, Rudo Mamombe, and Mzime Regina Ndebele-Murisa

The entry point into the discussion on exploring perspectives and underpinnings for decision-making in water related issues in the city of Harare is premised on the understanding that water is a central commodity, which is key for the development of…

Think piece: Exploring perspectives that underpin decisions for southern African urban development

Wilma Nchito, Brenda Mwalukanga, Chipampata Musonda, Bernard Thole, Burnet Mkandawire, Tawina Mlowa, Dereck Mamiwa, Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya, Rudo Mamombe, Natsai Kushata and Alice McClure

This think piece was developed as part of FRACTAL’s innovation fund programme. FRACTAL research has found decision spaces in rapidly growing urban centres of southern Africa to be very complex. Hence this project looked at real case studies in three…

Business experience of floods and drought-related water and electricity supply disruption in three cities in sub-Saharan Africa during the 2015/2016 El Niño

Kate Elizabeth Gannon, Declan Conway, Joanna Pardoe, Mukelabai Ndiyoi, Nnyaladzi Batisani, Eric Odada, Daniel Olago, Alfred Opere, Sinah Kgosietsile, Mubita Nyambe, Jessica Omukuti and Christian Siderius

Drought during the 2015/2016 El Niño amplified disruption to public water supply in Botswana’s capital Gaborone and contributed to unprecedented hydroelectric load shedding across Zambia. In Kenya, moderate precipitation during the El Niño brought localized floods to Nairobi and other…

Discourse analysis as a method for understanding the framing of urban governance

Waagsaether, K.L. & Scott, D.

Discourse analysis is an analytical approach applied by social scientists as part of the FRACTAL urban governance research, and includes both analysis of verbal engagements and analysis of policies and related documents. In practical terms, this implies unpacking how language…

Building Resilience in African Cities: A Think Piece

Spires, M., Kavonic, J., Cullis, J. & Coll Besa, M.

Resilience has become a powerful term, used in multiple contexts, at multiple scales. A mutually understood definition, that all who use it adhere to, is lacking, particularly in relation to the future development of cities, and in the developing world.…

Inspiring Climate Action in African Cities: Practical options for resilient pathways

Butterfield, R.E., Coll Besa, M., Burmeister, H., Blair, K., Kavonic, J., Bharwani, S., Cullis, J., Spires, M. and Mwalukanga, B.

This working paper is inspired by the two Adaptation Inspiration Books developed by European Commission projects: ‘Adaptation Inspiration Book: 22 Implemented cases of local climate change adaptation to European citizens -Climate Impact Research and Response Coordination for a Larger Europe…

Research Methods for Understanding and Supporting Decision Processes in African Cities

Taylor, R., Butterfield, R.E.,Bharwani, S., Taylor, A., and Devisscher., T.

This series is funded by the UK’s Department For International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project, within the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) multi-consortia programme. The…

Towards developing a common language for climate change in the city of Cape Town

Lee, J and Steynor, A.

In collaboration with the City of Cape Town, using the development of the City’s Climate Change Policy document and the Green Economy, Energy and Climate Change forum as a basis, this Working Paper describes the process of engaging in a…