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10 | 2018
African Cities and the Development Conundrum

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Credits : Till Förster
ISBN 978-2-940600-07-6

Forthcoming, November 2018

This 10th thematic issue of International Development Policy presents a collection of articles exploring some of the complex development challenges associated with Africa’s recent but extremely rapid pace of urbanisation that also challenges still predominant but misleading images of Africa as a rural continent. Analysing urban settings through the diverse experiences and perspectives of inhabitants and stakeholders in cities across the continent, the authors consider the evolution of international development policy responses amidst the unique historical, social, economic and political contexts of Africa’s urban development.

Guest Editors

Carole Ammann is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern and at the Institute of Sociology, University of Friborg. She recently completed her dissertation-entitled 'Silent Politics. Gender, Imagination and the State in Kankan, Guinea'-at the University of Basel. Carole Ammann is interested in issues of urbanity, secondary cities, transformations of the state, political participation, everyday life, and gender in West Africa and France.

Till Förster is an anthropologist. He holds a PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2001 he has been Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Basel. Till Förster has specialized in visual and cultural transformation in West and Central Africa. Since 1979, he has conducted field research in Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon. His recent publications focus on visual culture, social creativity and the postcolonial state, and politics in African cities.


  • Carole Ammann, Till Förster, Christophe Gironde and Ugo Panizza
    Foreword [Full text]
    African Cities and the Development Conundrum
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