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With one of the highest levels of air pollution of any city in the world, the Mongolian capital is learning how to reduce its levels of particulate matter and replacing tens of thousands of traditional heating stoves with cleaner alternatives.

The argument that China's urbanisation is destroying its traditional culture belies a misplaced nostalgia through which Westerners perceive non-Western cultures.

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Is Africa really urbanising rapidly?

It is common knowledge that sub-Saharan Africa is urbanising faster than anywhere else in the world ... but what if we're wrong?!

Community organising in Quezon City

Marcus Tudehope recounts his first-hand impressions of the San Roque community in Quezon City, where 25,000 residents have been battling to remain in the city.

Legal battles and fraud claims stalling Kibera upgrade

Several months after residents of Kibera's 'Soweto East' settlement were decanted into temporary housing, the process of returning them to permanent housing is stalled by legal battles over ownership of the sites.

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