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Generating Transformative Capacity: ICLEI Africa’s Urban Natural Assets for Africa programme

Kavonic, Jessica; Bulkeley, Harriet


Jessica Kavonic


Over the past five years, there have been growing calls for transformative responses to sustainability challenges, supported by increased transformative action in the pursuit of environmental justice. In parallel to this development within the policy arena, the concept of transformation and its potential is also attracting more attention within the research community. This paper uses the example of the UNA programme to explore what transformative change might mean for cities and how this might be achieved through enacting just processes. It explores in some more detail different approaches to transformative change to explain how and why an enabling perspective on transformation is considered to be fruitful in developing the understanding of transformative capacity for change. The paper then explores how the programme was able to foster this capacity, with what consequences for the African cities and what it implies for the nature of change for urban social and environmental justice in the future.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2023
Online Publication Date Apr 28, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2023
Publicly Available Date Apr 28, 2024
Journal Local Environment
Print ISSN 1354-9839
Electronic ISSN 1469-6711
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 7
Pages 900-917
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