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2021 Informal backyard housing development at a crossroads

Townships in Gauteng and the Western Cape are abuzz with construction activity as homeowners respond to the need for housing by building and...

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2021 Empowering backyard shack owners

Innovative financing initiatives are seeking to provide more inclusive credit to entrepreneurial homeowners. Partnering with social enterpri...

2021 Covid-19 amplifies urban inequalities

COVID-19 has had asymmetrical spatial impacts across South Africa. New evidence from the National Income Dynamics Study: Coronavirus Rapid M...

2021 "They abduct us and rape us": adolescents' participatory visual reflections of their vulnerability to sexual violence in South African townships

The abduction and sexual violation of adolescents, especially in township contexts, has increasingly made headlines in South Africa. These i...