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Title:The rural-urban interface in Africa: expansion and adaptation
Editors:Baker, JonathanISNI
Pedersen, Poul OveISNI
Series:Seminar proceedings from the Scandinavian Institute of African Studies (ISSN 0281-0018)
City of publisher:Uppsala
Publisher:Nordiska Afrikainstitutet = Scandinavian Institute of African Studies in cooperation with Centre for Development Research
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
rural-urban relations
small towns
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This book contains the papers which were presented at a seminar entitled 'Small towns and rural development in Africa under conditions of stress - adaptive strategies and survival mechanisms', held in Gilleleje, Denmark, in 1990. The contributors explore how some of the specific sectors, organizations, processes and actors influence and shape the functioning of small towns in Africa. Although the focus of the book is on the small urban centre in Africa, many of the contributions are also contextualized within a framework which considers the economic and political constraints facing urban and rural populations. A number of the contributors point to the resilience and ingenuity of Africa's rural and urban population and demonstrate how, in the face of economic hardship and declining real incomes, they adapt strategies which enable them to survive and, in some cases, even to thrive. Case studies are drawn from Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The contributors are Hassan A. Abdel-Ati, A. Ærøe, G. Andræ, J. Baker, J.R. Bibangambah, S. Burrows, D. Drakakis-Smith, J.O. Gefu, M. Holm, E. Jones-Dube, P.D. Little, I.J. Lupanga, M.R.S. Mlozi, Z.S.K. Mvena, P.O. Pedersen, J. Rasmussen, D. Simon, and M. von Troil.