Sort by:
Filter by:

Country

Region

Research Theme

Blog Series

  • Blog post

    Land reform, redistribution, and risk: Towards an inclusive South Africa

    At the end of February 2018, a motion was put forward by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a far-left opposition party, to revisit South Africa’s Constitution and amend it to allow for land expropriation without compensation. This motion was successfully passed, and subsequent public hearings across the country confirmed that there was resounding support from the...

    1 Nov 2018 | Victoria Delbridge

  • Blog post

    From roads to regulation: Realistic transport reform in Greater Kampala

    Across developing cities, transportation is struggling to keep up with rapid population growth. Transport systems that are supposed to connect individuals to jobs, services, and markets have limited reach and low capacity. Land allocated to roads in sub-Saharan African cities, for example, is around a third of that in cities in other parts of the world (Collier and Venables...

    10 Oct 2018 | Priya Manwaring

  • Blog post

    The promises and challenges of special economic zones

    On Tuesday 29 May 2018, the Oxford Urbanists and Cities that Work hosted a panel event titled "Can Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Drive Growth in Developing Cities?” to discuss evidence for improved policy. How should we think about Special Economic Zones (SEZs)? What benefits can they bring to developing cities? Where do they fall short? How can...

    27 Jul 2018 | Paul Healy

  • Blog post

    Making land administration work for African cities

    Rapid urbanisation has created a strong need to improve land administration in many African cities. Emerging research and policy experiences in countries such as Rwanda can guide policymakers across the continent as they seek to do this. Policy debates about land are often highly removed from the practical apparatus that determine how land is actually used – maps,...

    1 May 2018 | Michael Blake

  • Blog post

    Congestion pricing to solve peak-hour traffic jams? Not so fast!

    Evidence from Bangalore shows that congestion pricing is not as effective in reducing travel times as one might presume. Peak-hour pricing only marginally improved travel times, whilst also triggering schedule costs for commuters induced to change their travel times. Traffic congestion is a chronic problem in large cities across the world. Millions of urban commuters...

    6 Apr 2018 | Gabriel Kreindler

  • Blog post

    Where are Kampala’s missing houses?

    Kampala is facing a dearth of affordable formal housing. Rural-urban migration, limited access to mortgage finance, and a host of other factors are all straining its housing sector. It is imperative for planners to think of innovative and sustainable ways to address this issue. Rapid urbanisation across sub-Saharan Africa has had far-reaching implications for housing....

    14 Mar 2018 | Astrid Haas, Thierry Hoza Ngoga

  • Blog post

    Why metropolitan governance structures matter: Kampala

    Structuring metropolitan governance is largely dictated by administrative jurisdictions. Population and financing variables are also influential, with the power to determine the social, political and economic prosperity of the country at large. Metropolises Metropolitan areas are important hubs for economic activity around the world, particularly in less developed...

    19 Jan 2018 | Astrid Haas, Enid Slack

  • Blog post

    Improving transport in developing cities with investment and regulation

    On 15 November 2017, the Oxford Urbanists and the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) Cities that Work initiative, co-hosted a panel discussion on the ‘Future of Informal Transport in Rapidly Growing Cities’, to discuss evidence for improved policy. Transport and development Transport is a vital component of connectivity in developing cities, allowing them to be a...

    15 Jan 2018 | Priya Manwaring

  • Blog post

    Improving tax administration in Tanzania: Lessons from Uganda’s tax reform

    Reforms to revenue administration offer a low cost option for cities to dramatically and sustainably expand revenues. Cities in Tanzania can learn from the successful reforms implemented in Kampala – but successful reform requires sufficient political will and funding to drive these. On the 2nd – 4th October 2017, the International Growth Centre (IGC) was invited to...

    29 Nov 2017 | Priya Manwaring

  • Blog post

    Factors determining rural-urban market linkages in India

    Bihar is enjoying increased rural-urban connectivity thanks to infrastructure improvements, fueling demand for goods, services and jobs. The factors influencing market linkages include sourcing inputs, catering to rural consumers, and access to public services. Jhanjharpur, India We were wandering down the main market of Jhanjharpur, a small town in North Bihar in India,...

    14 Nov 2017 | Alakh Sharma, Shreya Sarwagi, Nandita Gupta, Abhay Kumar