PrepCom III in Surabaya: Finding a joint position on the New Urban Agenda

URBANET| August 23rd 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

PrepCom III held in Surabaya in July 2016 was supposed to finalize the New Urban Agenda. However, finding a common ground on the institutional framework that enables urban development and on the follow-up of the New Urban Agenda turned out to be difficult, and the draft is now expected to be finalised during informal consultations in New York.

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The role of local governments in sustainable urbanization

Sara Hoeflich de Duque| August 18th 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS|Tags: , , , , , |

A key recommendation of the German Habitat Forum held in May 2016 in Berlin was that “cities need to be empowered as actors”. Urbanization not only implies geographical changes, but also a political change in order to manage growth. This is where local governments are most needed.

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The Urban Informal Economy: Towards more inclusive Cities

Marty Chen| August 16th 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

In many countries, informal employment still makes up a large proportion of the economy. Yet local governments often do nothing to protect these workers and instead they are frequently subject to discrimination. Marty Chen, Sally Roever and Caroline Skinner from the WIEGO Network show ways in which they can organize to claim their rights and be better included in urban policy processes.

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Internally Generated Funds – How local governments in Ghana can generate their own money

URBANET| August 11th 2016|Categories: STRENGHTENING FINANCING|Tags: , , |

A colourful video overview how local governments in Ghana can increase their Internally Generated Funds and what benefits they provide.

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The challenges in achieving sustainable urban development for cities in Ghana

URBANET| August 9th 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS|Tags: , , , |

What are the challenges Ghanaian cities face in achieving sustainable development? Isaac Ashai Omdatten, Mayor of Tema, describes how he makes his city more livable.

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“We’ve got a political crisis, and no one is admitting it”

Edgar Pieterse| August 4th 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

At the German Habitat Forum in June 2016 URBANET talked to the African Centre for Cities Director Edgar Pieterse about cultural inclusion, informal settlements and why it is necessary that international institutions overcome their own limitations for the New Urban Agenda to have an impact.

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“Those innovative instruments are now recognised as effective instruments to finance urban development”

Jean François Habeau| August 2nd 2016|Categories: STRENGHTENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , |

Subnational Pooled Financing Mechanisms (SPFMs) are expected to play an increasingly strategic role in financing sustainable development. Jean-François Habeau, Executive Director of the international cities network FMDV, talks about the benefits and specific challenges of Subnational Pooled Financing Mechanisms for developing countries.

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New solutions to existing problems: The role of grassroots organizations in community development

Diana Mitlin| July 27th 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS|Tags: , |

To be able to achieve good governance, local governments must not only work together with communities, but also grant them a certain amount of responsibility. In an interview with URBANET, Diana Mitlin, Managing Director of the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, talks about the importance of community-led development and the value grassroots organisations can add to local communities.

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