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Hope Magidimisha


Achieving inclusivity in contemporary cities is an elusive fit that has relegated most vulnerable households to the
edge of destitution. Migrants, children, women, the elderly, and those living with disabilities are being forced to fend
themselves inhumanly as existing supporting mechanisms are failing dismally to respond to their needs. While the
magnitude of exclusivity differs significantly across global cities, the reality of the matter is that there is consistent
evidence to suggest that most governments are negating their responsibility in this regard. What is more worrying
is the inability of some of these governments to provide systematic policy frameworks responsive to vulnerable
groups’ plight. This is a worrying scenario prevailing in the face of international policy frameworks inaugurated to
liberate humanity from all societal ills. The ravaging effect of covid-19 has not only complicated the situation, but
further debilitated governments’ financial situations to respond to pressing needs. Hence cities remain trapped in this
quandary. This first issue of the Journal of Inclusive Cities and Built Environment strives to interrogate dimensions of
Inclusivity in Contemporary Cities. The issue contains Seven (7) double-blind Peer-reviewed articles covering various
aspects of inclusivity within cities. These articles are a collection of theoretical underpinnings that provide insight
into inclusivity and supported by empirical evidence from from various cities.

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