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Perspectives #02/2017: Putting People Back Into Infrastructure

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This edition of Perspectives contributes to the ongoing debate on infrastructure development in Africa by sharing snapshots of experience from around the continent, exploring questions about democratic participation, the role of human and environmental rights, and economic transformation.

Green Deal Nigeria

People, Profit, Planet

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A green budget for Jigawa State

Taking the concrete case of a typical Jigawa State annual budget, this report charts an alternative vision which takes into account the long-term cost of environmental damage and of underdeveloping the local economy. The green solutions in this report include replacing chemical with organic fertiliser, thereby creating more than 1,000 local jobs; the report also calculates the benefits of buying solar irrigation pumps rather than diesel powered pumps – resulting in savings of more than N 12 billion over a decade.

Democracy

Gender

Nameless

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Is it possible to conceive, write, edit and publish a book in 5 days? The Heinrich Boll Stiftung Abuja office brought together some big names in Nigerian to write about a country they know so well. They ended up with a book called Nameless. What is Nameless?

“Nameless is a city. A country within borders. Abound less space of ideas. A cosmos with realities, stark and painful, quiet and loud. A space crippled by fears. Nameless is populated. West African. It is in the minds of its people, black and proud. Sometimes Nameless is human. An idea. Sometimes it is in the past. Often times it is the now. Other times, it is the future”.

Sustainable West Africa

20 years of African CSO Involvement in Climate Change Negotiations: Priorities, Strategies and Actions

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A publication which explores African CSO engagement in the UNFCCC conference of Parties (COPs) process. It looks into the strategies CSOs have employed and how these have shifted over the years, the successes and challenges encountered along the way, growing government recognision of the role and value of CSOs to their engagment as negotiators and as a link between affected communities and african government postions at the negotiating table.

Megacity Lagos

Urban Planning Processes in Lagos

The publication is the result of a year long research process led by Fabulous Urban, Zurich, with local experts and final year students’ examining the relation between urban policies, urban interventions, the role of governance and the different actors in Lagos. The publication looks at four case studies with  detailed overviews, graphics and analysis demonstrating that strategic adjustments in the overall politics and policies guiding the urban development of Lagos are needed to reach out to   all Lagos residents  who is at the center of the urban and economic development.

Open City Lagos

The publication “Open City Lagos”, a cooperation with Nsibidi Institute Lagos and Fabulous Urban Zurich, intends to initiate a public reflection and discourse on the characteristics of an “open city” where the co-existence of different social groups and the richness of cultural diversity come together to foster growth that is diverse, equitable, creative, sustainable and inclusive.

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Call For Contributions

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What makes Lagos ‘open’ as a city? How do we foster growth that is diverse, equitable, sustainable and inclusive? The Open City seeks to explore the issues raised by these questions by involving the very users and producers of that space in a multi-faceted conversation about their city.

All submissions will be accepted until 28 February, 2015. See here for full details on the project, including project ideas and guidelines for submissions.

Makoko-Iwaya Waterfront Economic Opportunities

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The Makoko-Iwaya Waterfront regeneration plan is a comprehensive people centered development framework. The major objective is ensuring participation and community ownership. The plan looks at all facets of life and development.

 This plan, if implemented, could turn Makoko/Iwaya community into a worldwide showcase of a sustainable and flood-resilient lifestyle.

A Climate-Resilient Megacity?

It is widely expected that Lagos will become the largest city on the African continent, surpassing Cairo. With this publication, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung wants to present a number of visionary approaches spanning from flood resilient building solutions, innovative slum transformation strategies which create new income opportunities for the poor, to sustainable builiding principles for new residents' and business districts.

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