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This seminar is co-organized with African Architecture Matters. Coen Beeker is a Dutch urban planner working in Africa between 1978 and 2010. He focused primarily on urban redevelopment in Ethiopia, Tunis, Sudan and Burkina Faso, most notably in Ouagadougou. The ‘Beeker Method’ is about redevelopment carried out by residents themselves. How can contemporary and future urban planners benefit from his work? Coen Beeker and colleagues will give presentations and a book will be launched.
On the occasion of the seminar on ‘The Beeker Method: Planning and Working on the Redevelopment of the African City’, jointly organized by the ASCL and African Architecture Matters on 23 March, the ASCL Library has compiled a web dossier on urban architecture and urban planning. The dossier opens with an introduction by Dr. Antoni Folkers (African Architecture Matters), and concludes with links to relevant websites. Read the web dossier.
We proudly inform you that our senior researcher Dr Chibuike Uche has been appointed as the Chair holder for the new Stephen Ellis Chair for the Governance of Finance and Integrity in Africa at Leiden University. The Chair starts on 1 April and will be funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the first three years. The Netherlands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Bert Koenders, (tbc) will officially launch the Chair on 4 April. Further information on the programme will be announced soon.
Alice Kubo is a PhD candidate in the research project Society and Change in Northern Ghana: Dagomba, Gonja, and the Regional Perspective on Ghanaian History. She focuses on entrepreneurial developments within the Ghana shea industry and the implications for livelihoods. Initially a traditional business, the Ghana shea trade is currently governed by new standards for production and certification. Alice Kubo looks into the impact those transformations have had on entrepreneurship.
The ASCL joins LeidenGlobal in putting 'heritage' in the limelight in 2017-2018 and has started a new online series of 'African Postal Heritage Papers'. While earlier papers (2015-2016) covered the five areas of German postal presence in Africa before World War I (Cameroon, Togo, German East Africa, German Southwest Africa and Morocco), three new papers have been added: the former Spanish Sahara, the Spanish Canary Islands and Mauritania.
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