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Prospects and Challenges of the New Urban Agenda in Lagos

Lagos, 3 October 2016 — The current population of Lagos is double what the city was designed to accommodate, leaving city planners with the challenges of managing the effects of rapid urbanization. In the run-up to Habitat III in Quito in a couple of weeks,’s Lagos Community Manager sat down with Dr. Taibat Lawanson, an associate professor of urban planning at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She also served in the process leading to Habitat III as a policy expert on institutions, capacity building and development.
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Low Cost Housing through Mortgage Housing Scheme

Lagos, 13 September 2016 — Providing decent and affordable housing has been a major concern for Lagos urban planners. It is estimated that the city is short of 2.5 million units of housing while the majority of residents are tenants paying as much as half of their income on housing rents. The Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (Lagos HOMS) was designed to help low and middle income earners purchase a house through a sustained payment modality over a protracted period. See more.

Reclaiming spaces for public leisure and community participation

Lagos, 9 August 2016 — Rapid population growth in Lagos continues to exert pressure on available resources, including public infrastructure and spaces. In 2008, the city’s administrator commenced a beautification program by reclaiming spaces and converting them into parks and gardens. This has not only added to the aesthetics of the city but is also fostering community participation and promoting a greener and cleaner environment. See more.

Waste pickers in Lagos benefit from slum households’ recyclables

Lagos, 5 July 2016 — As one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Lagos generates huge amounts of waste – all of which is transferred to dumpsites through private trucks or informal collectors known as waste pickers. Wecyclers has begun to incentivize slum households to improve the supply and quality of waste received by informal recyclers. See more.

Expert View on a New Lagos: An interview with Olufemi Olarewaju

Lagos, 8 June 2016 — Lagos will be the second or third largest city in the world by 2050 according to Urban Africa. This population growth must be in tandem with developmental solutions. Olufemi Olarewaju, Ph.D. is Co-Founder of the Sustainability School, Lagos and founding Executive Director of the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network Nigeria, an organization at the forefront of promoting sustainable solutions to urban challenges in Lagos. He shares his views about a new Lagos. See more.

Disaster management through mobile phone helplines

Lagos, 5 May 2016 — Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of this century. In Lagos, one of the most pressing issues has become managing urban emergencies and disasters. Recently, the city has set up technology-enabled systems to respond more rapidly and efficiently. See more.

Smart moves to curb traffic congestion

Lagos, 8 April 2016 — A rising demand for transportation has led to a surge in the number of vehicles plying Lagos roads. The state government estimated the vehicle density as 224 per kilometre. The very high number of vehicles, poor traffic management and erratic driving habits of motorist culminates to cause traffic congestion on the city’s highways. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) was introduced as a public private partnership to provide cleaner, cheaper, and more efficient means of commuting. See more.

How skills training can create better cities

Lagos, 1 March 2016 — The economic opportunities embedded in Lagos have continued to attract migrants from across the country, leading to unemployment and urban poverty. There have been various initiatives focused on skill acquisition and vocational training targeted at empowering various segments of the society. These programs have great potential in improving the situation for all citizens and reducing urban poverty. See more.

Governance accountability through citizen’s engagement

Lagos, 12 February 2016 — For a country that had undergone several coups and long years of military dictatorship, the idea of citizen engagement and governance accountability are quite novel. The Lagos state government in the light of fulfilling its campaign promises of promoting public accountability and inclusiveness has continued to engage citizens through periodic town hall meetings and stakeholder’s engagement. See more.

Eko Atlantic City: the emergence of Africa’s new financial haven

Lagos, 11 January 2016 — The Eko Atlantic City (EAC) stands on 10 million square metres of land reclaimed from the ocean and protected by an 8.5-kilometer-long sea wall. EAC epitomizes a modern city with state-of-the art urban design, self-sustaining power, clean water, advanced telecommunications, spacious roads, and an eco-friendly environment. See more.