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Top Ten Reasons for Focusing on Secondary Cities

To mark the release of our major study Managing Systems of Secondary Cities and World Cities Day, we have put together a list of the top reasons why we must pay more attention to the development of secondary cities.

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Small Community Projects Make a Big Difference to Residents of Arua

Fencing a school or adding a water tank may seem like a small undertaking. But community projects such as these are making a big difference for the residents of Arua, Uganda, where more children are attending school, residents have access to clean water, and women feel safer going about their daily tasks.

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Accra’s Street Vendors Collaborate to Create a Safer, Healthier Workplace

Working with WIEGO and other key organisations, Accra's informal traders have begun to speak out on their own behalf, learned new skills, and established a dialogue with local officials to improve occupational health and safety over the long term.

Open space in Monrovia's Lakpeze neighbourhood previously covered in trash.

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Turning Trash into Community Development in Liberia’s Capital Monrovia

Nana Ammons, owner of a small solid waste collection business, tells how the Improved Primary Solid Waste Collection in Poor Communities of Monrovia (IMPAC) programme has changed her life and her community.

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Youth in Port Harcourt, Nigeria Find Their Voice

With its innovative advocacy and communication tools, the Urban Futures project mobilises youth in a very difficult social context and catalyses processes that transform the city. More »

Johannesburg-Lilongwe Partnership Leads to a Robust City Development Strategy

In 2007 the Lilongwe City Assembly decided to develop a city development strategy (CDS) to guide its future development.With support from both global and national associations (United Cities and Local Governments and the Malawi Local Government Association), Lilongwe therefore turned to the more experienced city of Johannesburg for guidance. More »