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By describing the important role of Shebeens in the informal settlements of Cape Town, Bronwyn Kotzen challenges our binary conception of the formal and informal city and prompts us to develop new ways of theorising and practicing planning and governance in African cities.

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With the UK general election just weeks away, voter apathy among young Brits is high. Frances Brill explains how innovative policy that targets 18- to 24-year-olds' struggles with finding affordable housing could be the key to igniting fervour for electoral politics among this group.

Hallam Goad explains how online connectivity is making Cambodia's growing cities the focus of the next election.

The idea of empowering city governments is a thrown around a lot these days in urbanite circles. But where should the line between local and higher levels of government begin and end? Alia Dharssi reports on the debate.

Alia Dharssi caught up with sociologist Saskia Sassen at the London School of Economic’s Urban Age Conference in New Delhi on November 15th. She talks about the governance challenges facing the world’s cities today and the ways in which average people can voice their concerns in the face of big money.

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Bangkok's home-based workers find strength in numbers

In the third of a series of photo essays from Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, Carlin Carr explores how workers in Bangkok’s informal economy came together in a collective movement to advocate for their labour rights.

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The Global Urbanist is an online magazine reviewing urban affairs and urban development issues in cities throughout the developed and developing world.

Its readers are drawn from the urban policy and international development sectors, and include urban planners, officers in local, national or international government agencies, civil society leaders, and researchers.

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