Our selection of the week focuses on cities.

Inequalities in West Africa: urban-rural and North-South divides Opinion
Inequalities in West Africa: urban-rural and North-South divides

Gilles Yabi, Founder of WATHI, the West Africa Citizen Think Tank, takes stock of the evolution of inequalities in the region. He analyzes the subregion’s North-South divide and advocates for more inclusive growth.

Financialization of cities: a new challenge for cooperation and development stakeholders Opinion
Financialization of cities: a new challenge for cooperation and development stakeholders

Since the 1980s, the financialization of real estate has remodeled urban governance, placing it increasingly in the hands of investors. Cooperation and development stakeholders should take a look at this risky practice.

Urban renewal: let's combine elephants and mice! Opinion
Urban renewal: let's combine elephants and mice!

Large-scale urban projects have shown their limits and yet they continue to crystalize a vision of the ideal city. At a time when the challenges mainly lie in improving what already exists, new approaches make cities a Common by putting residents back at the center of their fabric. Complementarity needs to be sought between heavy operations and bottom-up initiatives for the benefit of a more sustainable city.

When real estate financialization filters people out Interview
When real estate financialization filters people out

According to social sciences researcher Julien Migozzi, the financialization of South Africa’s housing market is entrenching existing inequalities. The public sector and aid organizations have an important role to play in countering these dynamics.

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