“Nobody plans for slums” – An interview with SDI’s Sarah Nandudu

URBANET| November 17th 2016|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATION, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , |

Slums and informal settlements are not just a matter of housing quality, they also affect the quality of life that people have, their health and their chances at a good education. At the Habitat III conference in Quito, URBANET talked to Sarah Nandudu, vice-chairperson of the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda, about community building in slums, the responsibility of the New Urban Agenda, and what formal settlements can still learn from informal ones.

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Good partnerships – An interview with Brigitte Riegelbauer, mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg

Imme Scheit| November 10th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , |

Town twinnings play an important role when it comes to mutual understanding and learning processes. In an interview with Imme Scheit, head of administration and deputy chief officer of the mayor’s office in the city of Bamberg Brigitte Riegelbauer explains how these partnerships can be successfully implemented.

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Collaborating for a geographical information system in Kairouan

Kathrin Faltermeier| November 8th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

For sustainable urban planning, administrative bodies, service providers and citizens need to work together. In Kairouan, Tunisia, different actors are collaborating to put in place a comprehensive geographical information system for their city.

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Municipal Knowledge Sharing – German and Maghrebian cities in dialogue

Imme Scheit| November 3rd 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If the New Urban Agenda is to be a success, it is of vital importance that cities form partnerships and learn from each other. Such activities are already under way: in this article, URBANET presents an example of municipal knowledge sharing between cities in the Maghreb region and cities in Germany.

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Learning from peers – Shaping Africa’s urban development

Dana de la Fontaine| October 5th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

In September 2016, Cities Alliance organised a workshop in Accra, Ghana, to encourage mutual learning between Cities Alliance’s members and active partners in Africa and to create synergies and increase collaboration efforts. The official delegation from Mozambique used this opportunity for an extended study trip in order to exchange with their Ghanaian peers.

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New Partnerships between civil society actors and government institutions

Peter Herrle| September 1st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , |

There is a growing recognition that the ambitious goal of transforming fast-growing cities into major globally attractive hubs of the world economy cannot be reached without including the urban poor as cooperation partners in housing and urban development processes. This situation, combined with pressure from civil society groups, has opened new space for the encounter between civil society and state organisations. Peter Herrle, Josefine Fokdal, Astrid Ley and Sonja Nebel assess this situation in their Cities Alliance background paper, of which an extract is published here.

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

Diana Mitlin| July 27th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATION, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|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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“One actor alone doesn’t have the solution” – leading urban change collectively

Petra Kuenkel| July 25th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING 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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How partnerships can help cities make the New Urban Agenda a reality

Marie-Alexandra Kurth| July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING 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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“We want to be the partners that create the agenda”

Rose Molokoane| July 21st 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , , |

The idea of partnerships plays an important role in the formulation of the New Urban Agenda. But how can local communities have a real chance to participate? In an interview with Urbanet, Rose Molokoane, Deputy President of Slum Dwellers International (SDI), shares her vision of a New Urban Agenda co-created by the urban poor.

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Cities Alliance: The power of partnerships

Marie-Alexandra Kurth| July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , , |

Cities Alliance is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. A joint video highlights the crucial role of partnerships in achieving poverty reduction in cities and implementing the New Urban Agenda.

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Governance and accountability – building partnerships with the urban poor

Michael Slingsby| July 21st 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING PARTICIPATION, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS|Tags: , , |

In the international context, public private partnerships are gaining more and more relevance. To avoid leaving the urban poor behind in these processes, many Asian cities have established community driven partnerships to promote inclusiveness.

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