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This Guide focuses on the law-making implementation challenge: How do we implement our intention to make better laws for our towns and cities? 

As African cities prepare to tackle the massive challenges of the 21st century, the need to have effective and appropriate laws in place is a key priority.  Without clear and straightforward laws –  laws that are easy for citizens to understand and for officials to implement – it is virtually impossible to build the governance systems that the cities need to meet their many challenges.

This Guide focuses on the law-making implementation challenge: How do we implement our intention to make better laws for our towns and cities?  It proposes an approach to urban law-making that is solidly grounded in an understanding of the local context: How the cities work, how the legal system works, and how the government works at different levels.

The authors – Stephen Berrisford of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town and the late Patrick McAuslan, formerly of Birkbeck College, University of London – combine their decades of practical experience of urban law-making in African countries to provide a practical Guide to officials and other practitioners. 

The Guide is also available in: English: Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: A Practical Guide and Portuguese: Um Guia Pratico Sobre A Reforma Das Leis Urbanas em África

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