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Managing the Monster: Urban Waste and Governance in Africa

Adepoju G. Onibokun
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Effective governance is typified by transparency, accountability, credibility, and stability of the governing body, as well as by the cooperative partnership of public sector, private sector, and civil society. In Africa today, good governance is central to the achievement of sustainable and equitable development.

But Africa is rapidly urbanizing. Urban authorities must deal with the uncontrolled and unplanned movement of rural dwellers into the large urban centres, and the environmental "monster" it is creating: rampant urban waste, much of it toxic.

Managing the Monster critically examines urban governance in Africa, with particular reference to the serious problems and challenges posed by waste management. It describes, compares, and appraises the situations in Abidjan, Dar es Salaam, Ibadan, and Johannesburg, characterizing typical forms of governance and their successes and failures in dealing with the critical problem of mounting urban waste. It will interest researchers,a cademics, and students in African studies and urban planning; donor organizations worldwide working on urban issues; policymakers, municipal engineers, city managers, and urban planners, especially in Africa; and environmental and civic NGOs.

The editor

Adepoju G. Onibokun is Secretary General, Chief Executive, and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Centre for African Settlement Studies and Development (CASSAD) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Over the past two decades, Professor Onibokun has coordinated and led numerous research projects on behalf of such international institutions as the United Nations Development Programme, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the International Development Research Centre, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Among his other commitments, Professor Onibokun is a Charter Member ofthe International Society of City and Regional Planners and Chairman of the Nigierian NGO Coalition for Human Settlements and the Environment. He has authored or coauthored over 200 publications and professional reports.