Cities & Climate Change | Infographics

By | 2017-11-08T15:18:41+00:00 November 8th 2017|Categories: GLOBAL URBAN DEBATES|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

How does climate change impact cities and urban citizens around the world, and what can cities do to not further contribute to global warming? URBANET's infographics show current trends regarding issues such as water and energy supply, solid waste management, and urban green.

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Making a world without HIV by 2030 possible: Mayors and local governments as change agents

By | 2017-09-26T14:47:50+00:00 September 26th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

HIV/AIDS continues to be a major health crisis around the world, especially in cities. As part of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa has vouched to eliminate AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Titus James Twesige explains the situation in Uganda and why mayors can drive positive change.

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Carbon Credits: cleaner and safer cooking stoves in the Maputo slums

By | 2017-10-14T14:57:24+00:00 September 20th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, ENERGY & WASTE|Tags: , , , , , , |

Traditional cooking stoves consume a lot of energy and emit harmful fumes, leading to high rates of premature deaths. Improved cooking stoves are addressing this issue, making it possible for poor households to save money and reduce illnesses related to emissions. Looking at the example of Maputo, Mozambique Rosario Loayza and Alessandro Galimberti explain the benefits of such efficient kitchen appliances.

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How Tangerang City Revamps its Solid Waste Management

By | 2017-10-14T14:59:54+00:00 September 12th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, ENERGY & WASTE|Tags: , , , , , |

Tangerang City in Indonesia has made a big leap from polluted to award winning green city. Watch the video and read the report by the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) to find out how the city improved its solid waste management.

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Upscaling Sanitation for the Urban Poor in Kenya

By | 2017-10-14T15:02:14+00:00 August 29th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, WATER & SANITATION|Tags: , , , , , , |

Providing access to urban sanitation is challenging because of space limitations, complex land tenure and higher public health concerns in crowded settlements. This is especially true for low-income urban areas. For URBANET, Jane Njagi describes how this challenge has been tackled in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya.

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Disorder in Public Transportation in Major Cities of Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

By | 2017-10-14T15:03:14+00:00 August 22nd 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, URBAN MOBILITY|Tags: , , , , |

Like most major cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Abidjan has a traffic problem: Congestion, pollution and extortion amongst public transport providers means that the basic service of mobility can only be provided to citizens on a limited scale. Alexis Gueu analyses the situation.

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How M-Pesa is changing everyday life in Kenya

By | 2017-10-14T15:05:49+00:00 July 31st 2017|Categories: GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT, SMART & DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mobile money has revolutionised the lives of many people in the Global South, most of all the ones living in difficult economic circumstances. The M-Pesa service in Kenya is one of these success stories. Judith Owigar describes how it helps making basic services like water and energy available to citizens.

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“(Mis-)Educating the Ghettoes of our world” – is there a Collective Neglect of the Role of Education for Youth in Violent Cities Around the World?

By | 2017-10-14T15:06:37+00:00 July 26th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HEALTH & EDUCATION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The world’s population is becoming younger, and the majority of people under the age of 25 are living in the rapidly growing cities of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Reports claim that a disproportionate proportion of youth live in impoverished, unplanned, and often highly violent urban settlements where they are more likely to be both victims and perpetrators of urban violence. What education strategies are needed in order to improve their situation?

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Mozambique’s Stand-by Generation

By | 2017-10-14T15:20:00+00:00 April 13th 2017|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PARTICIPATION|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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“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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How Women and Men Experience the City. Gender in an Informal Urban Context

By | 2017-10-14T15:28:38+00:00 March 7th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cities have complex relationships with gender. They challenge some models of traditional femininity and masculinity, and reinforce others. Our author Paula Meth explains how gendered relations play out in informal urban settlements.

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Urban Sanity. Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

By | 2017-10-14T15:30:21+00:00 February 16th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HEALTH & EDUCATION|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Does urban living threaten our mental health and happiness? Popular culture is rife with stories suggesting that city living causes emotional stress and unhappiness. Our author Todd Litman's review of the research indicates that city living has a variety of impacts on our mental health and happiness that reduce certain risks and increase others.

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“Local governments are better equipped” – An interview with John Bongat, mayor of Naga City

By | 2017-10-25T22:00:46+00:00 January 3rd 2017|Categories: CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE, DISASTER RISK REDUCTION, GREEN & SMART DEVELOPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , |

John Bongat is the mayor of Naga City in the Philippines, one of the most disaster-prone cities in the world. URBANET talked to him about how he attempts to make Naga City more livable.

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From a shack to a house with water and electricity

By | 2017-10-14T15:42:33+00:00 December 6th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In a four-part series, URBANET takes a closer look at specific projects that contribute to making cities more liveable. In this first part, the focus lies on San Salvador, El Salvador's capital city, where the houses of thousands of families who live in slums are being reconstructed. Since they have gained access to regular water and electricity supply, the living conditions have improved significantly.

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Spotlight on livable cities, Part III: Responding to the challenge of livability

By | 2017-10-14T15:43:49+00:00 November 29th 2016|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, HOUSING & INFORMALITY, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What do cities in India need to be more livable? In the four part series "Spotlight on livable cities", ISOCARP Vice-President Shipra Narang Suri aims to answer this question by approaching it from various angles, giving examples from different areas of urban planning. In this third part, she talks about how Indian cities could be made more livable by improving urban services, mobility, public-private partnerships and the situation in slums.

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