Property crime, livelihoods and urban poverty in Nigeria

Authors: Faisal Umar*, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria., Tatiana Thieme, University College London, James Cheshire, University College London, Adamu Ahmed, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Topics: Urban Geography, Africa, Development
Keywords: Livelihood, property crime, urban poverty, Kaduna, Nigeria
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Understanding urban livelihoods, which comprise of a spectrum of formal and informal income generating activities, is central to formulating target-based policies that aim to alleviate extreme poverty. This paper explores the interlinkages of property crime, livelihoods and urban poverty in Nigeria with a particular focus on Kaduna metropolis. With a population of over 1m people, Kaduna represents an important but yet under-researched setting: a second tier city that reflects the major trends of urbanization throughout the African continent and other developing regions. The data used include in-depth interviews with 113 residents and property crime offenders from 8 low-income neighbourhoods. We argue that the risks associated with contemporary urban life in a Nigerian city include, on the one hand, being a victim of property crime, and on the other, being pushed into property crime as part of income generation strategy to make a living.

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