Beijing Forum 2011: Urban Development In Post-Conflict Angola
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Allan Cain, director of Development Workshop Angola, made a presentation on the experience, of "urban development - ten years after the civil war". Like China, Angola is one of the world's fastest ...
Allan Cain, director of Development Workshop Angola, made a presentation on the experience, of "urban development - ten years after the civil war". Like China, Angola is one of the world's fastest urbanizing countries. The difference is that Angola has experienced decades of recent civil conflict, so the reconstruction of cities has become one of the country's key challenges. After the Civil War, the destruction of infrastructure, changes in institutional mechanisms, governance capacity needed to be rebuilt. Angola therefore was faced with severe challenges of urbanization and is undergoing social transformation. Allan Cain said that the poverty gap between rich and poor is still a major problem. One of the first goals is to rebuild the war damaged roads so that agricultural products and cheap food can reach urban markets for the city's poor. In addition, the Angolan government has introduced three strategies to promote poverty alleviation work, including universal access to “water for all”, a one million house programs, and municipal decentralization with the establishment of local consultative councils. Like all developing countries, the land issue also is a challenge for Angola's urban development. In the issue of urban re-construction in Angola, Allan Cain shared his policy recommendations: establish a legal framework for improving land transactions; to learn from China on the strengthening of financial management of the municipal levels of government; protection of women's rights; pilot projects; cooperation with the social media to raise public awareness.
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