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Over the next few weeks, The Global Urbanist, in collaboration with Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), will publish six photo essays that take us inside the daily lives of women, ranging from street hawkers to hairdressers, working in the informal economy. Reporting from Ahmedabad, Bangkok, Accra, Johannesburg, Lima and Bogota will highlight the daily challenges they face and the ways in which they are organizing to demand their rights as workers.

Tom Archer argues that eliminating homelessness by 2030, a key recommendation of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, requires committed governments and an active civil society.

While working within Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, Anne Hofhuis reports on the challenges the NGO sector faces as it tries to counter the destructive impacts of Israeli planning policies in the city.

After spending over six years conducting research on urban planning in Iraq, Sebastian Schulz and Niran Banna explore how war and terrorism turned a once-cosmopolitan city into a divided metropolis.

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Extract - Mogadishu Then and Now

In this extract from their forthcoming book, Rasna Warah and Mohamud Diriye recount the history of Mogadishu from its origins in Arab and Persian trade to the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

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