“I think the Smart Cities are on the right track” – An interview with GP Hari, Kochi Metro Rail Ltd.

G.P. Hari| April 28th 2017|Categories: REALISING INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , , |

The city of Kochi in India is a Smart City, meaning that it is well connected and accessible, and over time is being developed into a clean, green and healthy city that is governed in a smart way. In an interview with URBANET, GP Hari from Kochi Metro Rail Ltd talks about how the city is tackling the Smart City approach and what the future might bring.

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“In terms of speed, there is no one-size-fits-all solution” – Interview with Carlos Pardo from Despacio

Carlos Pardo| April 25th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In his interview with URBANET, Carlos Pardo talks about urban roads shared equally by cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, that we can save money by slowing down traffic and how we can convince people to act more environmentally friendly.

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Where there’s a will there’s a way: Vertical Partnerships for a Sustainable Future

Christopher Dekki| April 21st 2017|Categories: STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , |

The international community has come a long way when it comes to sustainable development. The next step is to continue the partnerships that helped create these frameworks and bring them down to the level of implementation.

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Mozambique’s Stand-by Generation

Joséphine Hébert| April 13th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, ENABLING CONDITIONS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the International Development world, “youth” constitutes a critical variable to look at in any given country. Policy makers believe that more educated generations with better health and economic conditions than their parents are the absolute precondition for achieving long-term economic and social development. They are also aware that a frustrated youth is a serious threat to political stability and economic growth.

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Living by borrowing food in Mozambican cities

Ines Raimundo| April 10th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY|Tags: , , , , |

Food security touches many different issues, among them poverty, hunger, price levels, and land and food policy. For URBANET, Inês M. Raimundo describes the situation in the Mozambican cities of Maputo and Matola, where the urban poor have resorted to food borrowing to survive.

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Life in African Cities | Infographics

URBANET| April 5th 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , |

Are African cities cheap or expensive for their inhabitants? And by how much do cities grow each year? The URBANET infographics on African cities provide key figures and numbers on some interesting trends concerning urban life and development.

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“We need to develop urban rights” – An interview with Claudio Orrego, mayor of Santiago de Chile

Claudio Orrego| March 30th 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , , , , |

Santiago de Chile is one of the most well-developed and safe cities in Latin America. We spoke to its mayor Claudio Orrego not only about what metropolitan governance means in Santiago, but also about the current situation in Chile, how urban justice can be enforced and why it is so important to invest in public goods for the urban poor.

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“The New Urban Agenda lacks a human rights focus” – Interview with Shivani Chaudhry from the Housing and Land Rights Network

Shivani Chaudhry| March 23rd 2017|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The absence of a human rights approach and the lack of a focus on social justice in the New Urban Agenda is an cause of concern, says Shivani Chaudry from the Housing and Land Rights Network. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses these issues in relation to housing.

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