COVID-19: Can it transform urban planning in Africa?

Patrick Brandful Cobbinah (Corresponding Author), Michael Erdiaw-Kwasie, Ellis Adjei Adam

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The COVID-19 pandemic raises questions about the effectiveness of urban planning practice in Africa and offers an opportunity to reflect on more constructive protocols for planning that can promote the public health agenda in the continent. This commentary analyzes three critical areas of urban planning concern that limit the capacity of cities in Africa to respond to global health crises: integration of informal sector into formal planning processes; regional planning; and consideration of public health in urban planning practice – and proffers practical and conceptual recommendations that can position African cities to adequately respond to future health crises.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S48-S51
Number of pages4
JournalCities & Health
Issue numberS1
Early online date2 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


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