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

By | July 27th 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS|

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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Voices on the New Urban Agenda

By | July 26th 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

From 1 to 2 June 2016 more than 1.000 urban development experts met in Berlin during the German Habitat Forum. We asked several of the attendees what they think should be at the core of the New Urban Agenda. Here are their answers.

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“One actor alone doesn’t have the solution” – leading urban change collectively

By | July 25th 2016|Categories: PROMOTING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , |

Multi-stakeholder partnerships and the capacity to lead change collectively are decisive if we aim for the creation of a sustainable urban future. In an interview with Urbanet, Petra Kuenkel, Executive Director of the Collective Leadership Institute, presented her insights on the success factors of urban development partnerships and their implications for the New Urban Agenda.

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The challenges of urbanisation – How cities have to reinvent themselves

By | July 21st 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Across the world, people are relocating to cities. They are the places in which global challenges emerge, but at the same time, where change and progress are shaped. The New Urban Agenda has to support cities to fulfil their role as central actors for sustainable development.

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Creating an enabling environment for sustainable cities

By | July 21st 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS|Tags: , , , , |

In many countries cities are struggling to satisfy even the basic needs of their population. Therefore, we need a more sober and objective assessment of the essential conditions that will need to be in place if cities are to properly perform the functions anticipated in the SDGs.

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Financing sustainable development: the role of cities as the key for necessary investments

By | July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGHTENING FINANCING|Tags: , , , , , |

In order for cities to be able to fulfil their role as actors and spaces for sustainable development, they require solid financing. The growing need for investment in respect of infrastructure poses a great challenge for cities across the globe to find new ways for them to be able to increase their often scarce resources.

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How partnerships can help cities make the New Urban Agenda a reality

By | July 21st 2016|Categories: PROMOTING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , |

The vibrant, multi-level partnerships that have been formed in Accra through the Cities Alliance Land, Services and Citizenship programme show why inclusive partnerships are our best chance of achieving sustainable development.

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Integrated capacity building for urban governance, planning and management

By | July 21st 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS|Tags: , , |

To create the best possible outcomes for city projects and planning, local governments need appropriate capacities at all levels. These capacities exist in different forms and in an urban context are arguably especially important on a local level.

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A portfolio approach for urban investments

By | July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGHTENING FINANCING|Tags: , |

The projects that are financed in an urban environment depend on a variety of factors. With the portfolio approach cities can determine which projects benefit them most in terms of profits and social benefits and can choose them accordingly.

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Shortcut: The Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow

By | July 21st 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

In the course of the German Habitat Forum taking place on 1 and 2 June 2016 in Berlin the so called “Berlin Recommendations” were developed and ultimately passed by more than 1000 participants from 74 countries. Here are the recommendations in short.

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