COVID-19 Outbreak: A Time to Rethink our Urban Development Model and More

COVID-19 epidemic has been disrupting the entire human world, starting with China in December and now increasingly affecting Africa. Senegal is one of dozen African countries that has been hit by the virus with 1182 people infected and 9 deaths since March 2. To cope with the pandemic, Senegal’s President Macky Sall declared a stateContinue reading “COVID-19 Outbreak: A Time to Rethink our Urban Development Model and More”

Toward a More Sustainable Urban Way of Farming in Dakar?

Urban farming needs a radical change not only in the way it is valued but also in the way it is done. Indeed, because of the fierce competition over resources and their precarious land tenure, Dakar Region’s farmers have less and less land and water to farm and therefore feel time is running out forContinue reading “Toward a More Sustainable Urban Way of Farming in Dakar?”

Toward the End of Urban Farming in Dakar?

Considered by many as a symbol of good governance in a struggling region, Senegal, through its capital, regularly hosts international conferences and benefits from various money lenders. Yet, among other things, its urban development is far from being uncritical. Like most growing sub-Saharan African cities, Dakar faces runaway population growth which results in substantial levelsContinue reading “Toward the End of Urban Farming in Dakar?”

‘Airpocalypse’ in Dakar: Between Power Inefficiency and Traffic Mismanagement

Currently of great concern, air pollution is one of the main causes of mortality in the world. According to the WHO, more than 7 million people die every year from air pollution. Indeed, its consequences on human health are numerous and extremely harmful (asthma, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, cancers, immune system impairments, cataracts, etc.). AirContinue reading “‘Airpocalypse’ in Dakar: Between Power Inefficiency and Traffic Mismanagement”

Too Much Poo in Dakar: Burden or Treasure?

Aiming to work on the development of concrete projects regarding access to drinking water and sanitation, “Initiative Dakar 2021” was launched on the 16th of January 2020 in Diamniadio, a city close to Dakar. The results will be presented at the 9th World Water Forum in 2021 and “serve as a catalyst for the achievement”Continue reading “Too Much Poo in Dakar: Burden or Treasure?”

Water at Risk: Who is Guilty? Who is Victim?

SDG 6 targets “universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all”. However, rapid urbanisation in coastal areas of developing countries combined with increased water use have become an issue for both water availability and quality. In the region of Dakar, nearly “80% of water resources”, including drinking water, “come from groundwaterContinue reading “Water at Risk: Who is Guilty? Who is Victim?”

Water as a Threat: Dakar’s Vulnerability to Flooding

Floods affect “900,000 people affected in West Africa every year and more than 2 million in the whole continent” (Bottazzi et al., 2018). Like many African countries, Senegal has experienced more episodes of flooding in the last decades, while their severity and recurrence particularly rose since 2005. In 2008, floods afflicted 264,000 Senegalese families andContinue reading “Water as a Threat: Dakar’s Vulnerability to Flooding”

The Vital and Chaotic Infrastructure of Trash in Dakar

Today more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas. This rapid urbanisation has been particularly difficult in so-called ‘developing world’ which have “neither been able to plan for nor to keep pace with this transformation“. In Africa, which is the most rapidly urbanising region in the world, population increasingly lack access to basicContinue reading “The Vital and Chaotic Infrastructure of Trash in Dakar”

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