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Jon Vandenheuvel

Jon Vandenheuvel

Senior Advisor, Africa

Jon Vandenheuvel is CEO of Small Farm Cities Africa. Most recently, Jon was Executive Director for Africa E-Commerce for Dubai Ports World (DP World) and is currently an advisor to the National Planning Commission of Malawi, part of the secondary cities research group. Before that, he was a private sector advisor for African e-Commerce for the Universal Postal Union in Ethiopia and has organized infrastructure and research initiatives in Somalia, Kenya, and Nigeria.

He co-founded a laboratory farm on the shores of Lake Volta in Ghana and co-authored a book based on the lab, Africa Risk Dashboard. He has served as a visiting scholar for Africanurbanism at MIT. Earlier in his career, Jon served as a staff director for the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Jon is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Johanesburg, writing on Somalia’s protracted conflict, and holds a master’s from Johns Hopkins University, and bachelor’s from Wheaton College (IL).


Ciudad Morazán

Ciudad Morazán: A Libertarian City Without Any Libertarians

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Ciudad Morazán: Una Ciudad Libertaria Sin Libertarios

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Minimal Viable City

Minimum Viable City

Jon Vandenheuvel is obsessed. He is obsessed with affordability, auditability, and bankability. According to Jon, these three things are the keys to lifting developing economies out of poverty. Currently, he is focused on providing housing options to Africans with incomes between $50 and $250 a

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