How sustainable mobility can transform Africa’s cities

By | 2017-05-31T12:49:17+00:00 May 31st 2017|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES, SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , , |

Over the next 15 years, African cities will add 300 million new urban residents—fully two-thirds above today’s urban population. This unprecedented demographic shift presents a tremendous opportunity for economic uplift and poverty reduction, but these benefits hinge on the ability of African cities to dramatically improve the delivery of infrastructure and services to drive future growth.

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

By | 2017-06-21T16:01:28+00:00 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

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:46+00:00 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

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:46+00:00 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

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:46+00:00 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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Mozambique: Rehabilitation of the Chiveve River is improving the quality of life of Beira’s residents

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:53+00:00 December 9th 2016|Categories: CREATING LIVEABLE CITIES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. This second part describes how the coastal city of Beira in Mozambique mitigates floods and other climate change-related natural disasters, which usually effect the poorest communities the most severely. By rehabilitating the Chiveve River, the situation has improved significantly.

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

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:56+00:00 November 17th 2016|Categories: CREATING INCLUSIVE CITIES, HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|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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Learning from peers – Shaping Africa’s urban development

By | 2017-05-20T11:51:58+00:00 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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Internally Generated Funds – How local governments in Ghana can generate their own money

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 August 11th 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING 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

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 August 9th 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|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”

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 August 4th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|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”

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 August 2nd 2016|Categories: STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS, STRENGTHENING 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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Voices on the New Urban Agenda

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:03+00:00 July 26th 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|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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“We want to be the partners that create the agenda”

By | 2017-05-20T11:52:04+00:00 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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