Urbanafrica.net is a project of the ACC based at the University of Cape Town. As an online platform sharing information about urban experiences in Africa, Urbanafrica.net aggregates news and conversations about cities on the continent through contributions from journalists, academics, bloggers and those working in the urban sphere. The project was conceived by a small network of urban practitioners affiliated with the ACC.
News and information is categorised according to seven broad, inter-connecting themes: Built Environment, Culture, Economy, Governance, Human Rights, Infrastructure and Sustainability. The site hosts various platforms, providing the space for feature articles, news, academic and government resources, as well as for communicating opportunities and upcoming events.
A key objective of the online news portal is the mainstreaming of progressive debates on African urbanism through the stimulation of a dynamic online community. Furthermore, those credited towards the project’s conception aimed to make current and well organized information and resources on urban development readily available online to practitioners in African cities.
The initiative has received generous seed funding from the Department of International Development – UK’s Urban LandMark, the Cities Alliance, the World Bank Institute and the Association of African Planning Schools. Urbanafrica.net has also been generously supported by Mistra Urban Futures, an international centre for sustainable urban development.