Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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.


Book notes

Mobility, Modernity and the Slum spans multiple fields: cultural sociology, urban studies, development, and more. These varied perspectives meet to discuss “Slumdog Millionaire”, the award-winning 2008 film that follows a “slumdog” contestant of an Indian game show. The film is often treated as a postcolonial take on Dickens, with a rags to riches plot as well as subplots depicting neglect and abuse of the urban poor, particularly children.

This book seeks to make sense of many changes China has undergone in recent decades, which have reshaped the nature of Chinese urbanism: privatization, decentralization, state-led business and industrialization. Liu is particularly interested in how these trends affect the mobility, or lack of it, of low-income migrant workers in Beijing.

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Ahead of the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, David Satterthwaite highlights the disconnect that exists between the commitments made by national governments at international conferences and finance available for the (mostly local) institutions that can meet them.

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