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Urban planning and the principle of equality in Africa

Urbanisme et principe d’égalité en Afrique

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Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Today, the African city is far from offering equivalent conditions and opportunities to all its inhabitants and many Africans found it difficult to access urban life. Social inequalities are becoming more and more spatial, and both strengthen each other to favour devastating territorial segregation regimes and spaces of violence, pollution, congestion and lawlessness. In terms of justice and equity, many cities and neighbourhoods suffer under an urban disorder, an infernal mechanism of informal housing, poor housing, difficult accessibility, and a very poor quality of the urban environment. In the name of the right to the city, one is entitled to build his dwelling, to invent his habitat anywhere, no matter how whenever the authority is failing. And yet, the inhabitants of these «informal» facilities are not entitled to the city: their city is not theirs.

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Scientific Direction

Under the direction of : Prof. Najem Dhaher UR - VAD - ENAU University of Carthage – Tunis

najda1900@gmail.com 

Argument

By 2050, Africa is expected to have the fastest urban growth rate in the world. African cities are expected to have an additional 950 million inhabitants. This growth is largely in small and medium-sized cities” (OECD, 2020). Today, the African city is far from offering equivalent conditions and opportunities to all its inhabitants and many Africans found it difficult to access urban life. Social inequalities are becoming more and more spatial, and both strengthen each other to favour devastating territorial segregation regimes and spaces of violence, pollution, congestion and lawlessness. In terms of justice and equity, many cities and neighbourhoods suffer under an urban disorder, an infernal mechanism of informal housing, poor housing, difficult accessibility, and a very poor quality of the urban environment. In the name of the right to the city, one is entitled to build his dwelling, to invent his habitat anywhere, no matter how whenever the authority is failing. And yet, the inhabitants of these «informal» facilities are not entitled to the city: their city is not theirs (Lefèbvre, 1968; Purcell, 2014). People often have no title to property and in many cities they are regularly evicted as soon as the urban council deems it necessary (Aba O. Crentsil and George Owusu, 2018). Thus, it seems that many African cities are not free from discrimination, are not based on inclusive citizenship, do not properly perform their social functions. And one wonders: are African cities capable of guaranteeing equality in the exercise of citizens' human rights? Do they create communities? Or are they, according to some words, “criminogenic places, problem areas and no rights”? Does African urbanism create difference and inequality? By many of these approaches and at the crossroads of these issues are our questions and the statements of this collective work. These questions, which are now at the heart of some major ongoing debates, call for several questions and clarifications in relation to the city’s policy, one of whose objectives is to ensure greater equality between its inhabitants, in Africa as elsewhere in the world.

Contributions should, for guidance, discuss the following topics:

  • City policy and the principle of equality
  • Cities from below, urbanization and right to the city
  • Urban integration and segregation in question                                               

Submission guidelines

In order to discuss these issues, researchers, academics and specialists will be able to compare their contributions in this book. Those who wish to contribute can send their texts to the following address: najda1900@gmail.com

by Monday, March 28, 2021.

Proposed contributions must be unpublished. They will be accompanied by a summary in English and French (10 lines maximum). The content of the proposals and the opinions of the authors are their sole responsibility. Each author will receive a copy of the book in the case of an academic publication. The book will be published by a recognized publisher or in an academic collection. Each proposal will be evaluated in double blind by an international scientific committee

Instructions to authors

  • The author must provide the title of the proposal, first name, last name, home institution, telephone number and email address.
  • Text format: Text Body: Times New Roman 12, simple line spacing. Footnotes: Times New Roman 10, simple line spacing.
  • Proposals must be between 20 and 25 pages long and written in Word format.
  • Bibliographic references will be presented in the APA standards

Important dates

  • Call for Papers: January 2021
  • Full text deadline: March 28, 2021

  • Notification of Acceptance: end of April 2021
  • Publication: September/October 2021

Contact: Najem Dhaher,  najda1900@gmail.com,   216 98272724

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Najem Dhaher University of Carthage Tunisia
  • Prof. Seddik Hammache University of Blida Algeria
  • Prof. Hichem Réjeb University of Sousse Tunisia
  • Prof. Sid Ahmed Soufiane University of Annaba Algeria
  • Prof. Natali Kossouma Libaa  University of Maroua - Cameroon
  • Prof. Narcisse Aboya  University of Abidjan - Ivory Coast

Places

  • Tunis, Tunisia (2034)

Date(s)

  • Sunday, March 28, 2021

Keywords

  • urbanisme, équité, justice, droit, aménagement, Afrique

Contact(s)

  • Dhaher Najem
    courriel : najda1900 [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Najem Dhaher
    courriel : najda1900 [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Urban planning and the principle of equality in Africa », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, https://calenda.org/831472

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