Environment & Urbanization

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Current issue: Sanitation and drainage in cities

Current issue: Sanitation and drainage in cities

In much of Africa and Asia, provision for sanitation and drainage in urban areas has improved little. In many, it has got worse as today, a higher proportion of residents lack provision than in 1990 or 2000. This issue of Environment and Urbanization has many papers showing new approaches. They include innovations in Blantyre (Malawi), Chinhoyi (Zimbabwe), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Kitwe (Zambia) on matching needs with what can be afforded and working with local government.  A paper on Chinhoyi reports on community-led mapping and enumeration of sanitation to inform a city-wide sanitation strategy while a paper on Mumbai (India) shows the scale and reach of community toilets and a paper on Cap Haitien (Haiti) reviews the experience with container-based toilets. Further papers look at: how poorly the sanitation needs of adolescent girls are met; violence, gender and water and sanitation; scoring cities in India for sanitation and cities in China for health and hygiene; building urban resilience to climate change; the impact of participatory budgeting in 20 cities; displacement in Ahmedabad; land contestation in Karachi; rural-urban interlinkages in China; sustainability and neoliberal urban restructuring; and post-disaster reconstruction in Llico, Chile.

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Book notes

This book provides an overview of health geography, the sub-field of human geography that applies to medicine and health. The cases are very varied. For instance, one chapter explores the limited resources and geographical challenges (e.g. flooding) affecting assessment of malaria treatment options in Sierra Leone. And one section traces the effects on globalization and urbanization on local health issues, including tuberculosis. The case studies are brief, encouraging readers to seek out further information on the particular cases that interest them.

A thought-provoking book, The Future of Development builds upon the recognition that “development” is a political concept. By unpacking the contextual and ideological origins of the words “development” and “underdevelopment” in the post-war world order, the authors revisit many of the critiques of post-development theorists. They do so not with the goal to sow despair but to challenge and inspire development scholars and practitioners, especially by bringing to the fore contemporary critical alternatives that defy the reductionist development paradigm.

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