Editor's note

More and more people are pouring into Nigeria’s cities from the country’s rural areas – close to 100 million people now live in more than 780 cities across Nigeria. Federal and state governments are struggling to keep up with soaring urbanisation, or to provide the services that people need. John Rennie Short suggests that Nigeria could learn some valuable urbanisation lessons from other cities, especially those in Latin America.

In Ethiopia, several billion US dollars have been poured into massive sugar projects intended to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. But 10 years on, these now stand as reminders of the country’s disappointing state-led sugar industrialisation. Benedikt Kamski sets out why the government’s plan to privatise the industry will run into the same unresolved challenges.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

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The infamous Makoko slum in Lagos, Nigeria. Stefan Magdalinski/Wikimedia Commons

What Nigerian cities can learn from the rest of the world

John Rennie Short, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

In our urban world, turning the makeshift and the informal into the livable and sustainable is our greatest challenge.

Sunset over Omo River valley in southern Ethiopia. Flickr/Rod Waddington

Why Ethiopia’s showcase sugar projects face huge challenges

Benedikt Kamski, Freiburg University

Prospective investors have the task of turning round an industry beset by technical challenges and incomplete planning


‘Ancestors’: a new game provides insights into how the first humans evolved

Mark Maslin, UCL

As a human evolution researcher, I was very excited to work with the creator of the Assassin's Creed games.

New copyright law will benefit South Africans with disabilities

Denise Rosemary Nicholson, University of the Witwatersrand

South Africa's new Copyright Amendment Bill could help the country take an important step in tackling its own “book famine”.

En français

Multilinguisme au Sénégal : dans quelle(s) langue(s) informer et impliquer les populations ?

Mame Thierno Cissé, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar; Gabrielle Le Tallec, Université Paris 13 – USPC

Au Sénégal avec 22 langues locales codifiées, la diffusion des textes internationaux pose la question de savoir dans quelle(s) langue(s) les populations doivent être informées.

Migrants à Paris : la capitale française est-elle hypocrite ?

Camille Malafosse, UNSW

Les villes, premier point d’accueil des migrants, demandeurs d’asile et réfugiés sont-elles habilitées à agir contre les incohérences de la politique migratoire européenne ?

From our international editions

The next battles against tobacco must be fought in the world’s major cities

Steven J. Hoffman, York University, Canada; Mathieu Poirier, York University, Canada

Rapidly growing metropolises like Beijing, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City are struggling to protect residents against tobacco. Life-saving policies in rich countries may be partially to blame.

Breeding single-sex animal populations could help prevent disease and poverty

Tomer Ventura, University of the Sunshine Coast

Entire populations of prawn 'super-females' are now being commercially distributed. The science behind this continues to advance and could have a far-reaching impact on both humans and animals.

The road to reconciliation starts with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Sheryl Lightfoot, University of British Columbia

It's the 12th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada has yet to implement this declaration even though the TRC says the road to reconciliation needs to start here.

Weinstein may be a monster, but the lawyers who enabled him are the real villains in #MeToo takedown ‘She Said’

Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon

The New York Times reporters who broke the Weinstein story show how lawyers – whether ones who represented him or his victims – enabled the movie mogul's wrongdoing.


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