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Mandipa Ndlovu

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Mandipa Ndlovu

Strategic Advisor-Africa’s NXT50 Cities Coalition


Mandipa Ndlovu is a governance researcher and development policy analyst whose research and consulting experience spans multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral fora. She trained as an academic who was previously at the University of Cape Town in the Political Studies Department and carries on as an adjunct lecturer on African peace and security at the Netherlands Defence Academy in The Hague.

Mandipa is continuously contributing to global conversations on governance and the future of development. Notably, she serves on the Ibrahim Index of African Governance Advisory Council contributing to issues concerning the African youth demographic and contributed to the World Health Organisation’s “Imagining the Future of Pandemics and Epidemics” report. She is also a Mo Ibrahim Scholar alumna through the Governance for Development for Africa Initiative.

Mandipa is a doctoral researcher at Leiden University and a visiting researcher at the University of Edinburgh where her research is focused on the political economy of urban governance and its developmental futures in Africa. She holds a MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as well as a MPhil in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her broader research interests and publication record cover civil-military relations, sustainable economic development – particularly for Africa’s youth demographic, trauma and memory, post-conflict justice, urban transitions, and social protections within militarized states.



Soaked Cities: Climactic Moisture and Urbanization Patterns in India From 1971-2011

In the coming decades, rapid urbanization and climate change will bring about significant transformations, especially in developing countries. It is essential to understand how their interaction will compound growing urban pressures. More specifically, how does climate change affect urbanization trends and city growth? Eva Klaus’ working paper assesses the situation in India, employing a 40-year panel dataset from 1971 – 2011 covering 485 districts across the country to examine how changes in climatic moisture affect urbanization, urban population growth, and rural population growth at the district level. Second, this study employs another 40-year panel dataset covering 2,222 urban centers in India to assess the impact of changes in climatic moisture on city population growth.

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August Book Club Review

Each month, the CCI team selects a new book to read and discuss together. Our book club selections cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to charter cities, but they are most often related to development, urban issues, and governance. In this ongoing series, reviewers will offer summaries of the books we’ve read and share some of the highlights from our discussions.

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Charter Cities Podcast Episode 56: Martin Rama and Yue Li on Private Cities

Hosted by Jeffrey Mason, in the company of esteemed guests Martin Rama and Yue Li, our most recent episode plunges into the enthralling domain of private cities. Tune in to explore this new frontier in urban development, the intricate dance between governance entities, and the triumphs and obstacles that confront private cities. Additionally, we’ll uncover the promising prospects that await on the horizon.

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