Dr. Tom Goodfellow, Lecturer in Urban Studies and International Development and SIID Research Affiliate, has published a paper in the Journal of Eastern African Studies as part of their special issue Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing twenty years of post-conflict governance“. In remembrance of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the journal is offering full free online access to all articles within the special issue for three months.

Tom Goodfellow’s article, entitled “Rwanda’s political settlement and the urban transition: expropriation, construction and taxation in Kigali”, considers the Rwandan Patriotic Front’s (RPF) approach to urban development in the context of intense pressure on land and a stated long-term agenda of moving towards a future that is ‘100% urban’. Utilizing a ‘political settlements’ approach but introducing a spatial perspective focused on the transformation of Kigali, the paper explores the governance of land reform, urban planning, expropriation and property taxation, analyses how these illuminate the broader settlement in place, and considers the implications for Rwanda’s future.

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