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

By | 2017-10-14T15:22:07+00:00 March 30th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|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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“This is a very good moment for change” – Interview with Jorge Wolpert, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing in Mexico

By | 2017-10-14T15:29:57+00:00 February 28th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , |

In an interview with URBANET, former Executive Director of Urban Development, Land and Housing of Mexico's Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial & Urban Development (Sedatu). Jorge Wolpert explains what specific challenges Mexican cities are facing in terms of sustainable urban development.

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Improving municipal service delivery through Social Accountability – progress and challenges in the Palestinian territories

By | 2017-10-14T15:35:16+00:00 January 19th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Social Accountability interventions at the local government level can bring about actual, significant improvement of living conditions for citizens. The Palestinian territories are presently at the stage of transitioning from locally focused pilot interventions towards a national institutionalisation process that encompasses all municipalities.

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“Successful cities need to be governed, not just administrated”

By | 2017-10-14T16:10:04+00:00 September 14th 2016|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES, GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|Tags: , , , , |

Commentary by Dr. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board.

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The role of local governments in sustainable urbanisation

By | 2017-10-14T19:36:55+00:00 August 18th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|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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Financing sustainable development: the role of cities as the key for necessary investments

By | 2017-10-17T17:10:46+00:00 July 21st 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, URBAN & METROPOLITAN GOVERNANCE|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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