The Economic and Social Value of Multi-Cultural Urban Populations

Abdullahi Ali Hassan has a Master's in Urban Studies and is very active in the Bellville Somalian community. We explore the importance of multiculturalism in urban centres, narratives and perceptions, the importance of strong leadership, how city governments can better support multicultural populations, and more.

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This episode is presented in partnership with The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP).

  • Narratives and perceptions.
  • The importance of multiculturalism in urban centres.
  • Most significant benefits of a multicultural community.
  • Insights into the cultural environment in Bellville.
  • How the Somalian community have been able to integrate into Bellville? Challenges and successes.
  • Most important factors in building community cohesion in multicultural urban centres.
  • Major challenges for multiculturalism in urban centres to be successful and efficient, and how they can be addressed.
  • How city governments can and should better support multicultural populations.
  • The importance of strong leadership.

About Abdullahi Ali Hassan

Abdullahi's central focus in life is to explore ways in which economic self-reliance, social justice and positive change can be attained in the lives of people. Thus, he founded and co-founded a number of business initiatives. Abdullahi has also been an active supporter of the NGO sector including the Karl Bremer Hospital in Cape Town where he served as a facility board member in the year 2017-2018.

Abdullahi obtained a BA in Politics and Development Studies at the University of South Africa (UNISA), a BA Admin (Hons) in Politics from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and a MPhil degree in Urban Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT). And he is currently enrolled at UCT Graduate School of Business as a PhD student.

Abdullahi is passionate about reading, writing, and knowledge sharing. Hence, he co-facilitates a postgraduate teaching course (Contemporary South African Debates) at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town- University of Basel. For hobby and for fitness, he also adores middle and long-distance running.
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