There is much talk today in policy circles about "transforming urban space" to make our cities both more efficient and equitable, i.e. by giving access to a majority of people who remain currently marginalised from the services, amenities and varying economic opportunities of urban life. Would spatial reconfiguration bring about more efficiently functioning cities and would these interventions bring about material change in the well-being and livelihoods of the majority of people living in them?
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As the Government moves to implement the National Slum Upgrading programme, a strong warning has been issued to prevent resistance that may be staged by communities inhabiting areas where modern buildings are going to erected.
The urban development minister Daudi Migereko explained that the housing programme is meant to uplift the standards of living for the residents occupying areas that are undeveloped and disorganised.
Mr Paul Victor Obeng, Chairman National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), has expressed concern about the insanitary condition which has engulfed many urban areas in the country.
He said the worsening condition which is gradually becoming a major characteristic of some urban areas in the country is unacceptable and urged district assemblies to enforce their by-laws on sanitation.
FUPOL is an EU-funded research program (2011 - 2015) with 9 Mio budget. It is focused on urban policy domains such as land-use, housing, segregation, urban infrastructure and sutainable development. Its main research focus are new technologies and methods for e-governance, e-participation and policy modeling.
Mr Fuyuki Sagara, Senior Representative of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), Ghana Office, yesterday said the agency would keep focusing on support for urban modernization in developing countries.
He said JICA had developed a strategic urban master plan for the rapid socio-economic transformation of developing countries.
Mr Sagara stated at the fourth international seminar on urban development in Asia and Africa in Accra.
The mission of the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA), is to offer the platform through which young Catholics across Africa can offer a response to the twin challenges of environmental degradation and climate change, from the perspective of Catholic social teaching on care for creation, paying attention to the most vulnerable.
The network aims to achieve this through:
TEENS Uganda is a youth led Non-Government Organziation (local NGO) registered in 2007 to promote the well being of young people through local development initiatives that lead them to living decent lives, recognition of of their rights, and are engineered toward sustainable development.
The organization operates under only two (2) departments including;