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March 2017



Slum is beautiful ? Rethinking slums


Mistral, 3 place Louis Armand, Paris 12
Organized by Agence Française de Développement

Every year, cities like Kinshasa or Lagos gain a population as large as the city of Toulouse: 500,000 people. With a billion slum dwellers around the world today, how can we make sure that this exponential growth does not lead to an explosion of urban poverty and inequalities?

Should these neighborhoods be bulldozed in order to build stronger and healthier housing? Or should we seek pragmatic solutions, consistent with the budgetary constraints of the cities in question, which would improve living conditions for the residents of these neighborhoods and promote their physical, political and civic integration into cities?

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April 2017


Symposium “All Africa : Challenges of a Continentwide Approach”

from 9:00 to 17:30
At the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Organized by AFD

30 million km2. 1.2 billion inhabitants. 2,000 modern languages. 54 countries. 5 different climates. 1 continent.

Yet Africa is often understood in a dual manner: North Africa on the one hand, and Sub-Saharan Africa on the other. This is, at any rate, the framework of interpretation adopted by many actors, and especially donors, in their approach to relations with the continent. Such an interpretation presupposes that there is a homogeneity across Sub-Saharan Africa, which is neither proven, nor necessarily experienced or thought of in such a way by the continent’s populations and institutions.

What are the political, social, economic and cultural dynamics at work today, from Cape Town to Rabat, from Dar-es-Salaam to Nouakchott? What are the issues of a continent-wide approach to Africa? What are the views today of philosophers, economists and entrepreneurs on this subject?

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