Collaborating for a geographical information system in Kairouan

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

Kathrin Faltermeier

Kathrin Faltermeier

Junior Consultant at GIZ CoMun
Kathrin Faltermeier has been working as junior consultant for GIZ's programme CoMun since 2015. She is based at the CoMun office in Tunis and focuses on citizen participation in Tunisian municipalities.
Kathrin Faltermeier

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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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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: , |

Diana Mitlin

Diana Mitlin

Diana Mitlin is Managing Director of the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester and also holds an appointment at the International Institute for Environment and Development. Her work focuses on urban poverty and inequality including urban poverty reduction programmes and the contribution of collective action by low-income and otherwise disadvantaged groups. For the last 20 years, Diana has worked closely with Shack/Slum Dwellers International and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights. She has recently co-authored (with David Satterthwaite): Urban Poverty in the Global South: Scale and Nature and Reducing Urban Poverty in the Global South.
Diana Mitlin

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: , , , , |

Petra Kuenkel

Petra Kuenkel

Executive Director at Collective Leadership Institute
Petra Kuenkel is an author and leading strategic advisor to pioneering international multi-stakeholder initiatives that tackle common goods and sustainability issues. As a Member of the Club of Rome and the Executive Director of the Collective Leadership Institute, she promotes the scaling-up of collaboration skills for change agents from the private sector, public sector and civil society. She is a pioneering thinker on re-inventing leadership as a collective competence. Petra Kuenkel is the author of the ground-breaking publication “The Art of Leading Collectively” (Chelsea Green, US, 2016).
Petra Kuenkel

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: , , , , |

Marie-Alexandra Kurth

Marie-Alexandra Kurth

Senior Urban Specialist at Cities Alliance
Alexandra Kurth joined Cities Alliance in March 2014 and works as a Senior Urban Specialist in the Programme Unit. She is the most recent in a long line of GIZ staff that have been very successfully seconded to the Cities Alliance Secretariat. She is the Task Manager for the Ghana Country Programme and the focal point for the Habitat III Joint Work Programme. She also provides support to the Latin America and Caribbean Region and the Resilience Joint Work Programme.
Marie-Alexandra Kurth

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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Shortcut: The Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow

URBANET| July 21st 2016|Categories: HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA|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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“We want to be the partners that create the agenda”

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

Rose Molokoane

Rose Molokoane

Rose Molokoane is National Chairperson of the South African Homeless People's Federation, their national savings coordinator, and Deputy President of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI).
Rose Molokoane

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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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Will Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda get buy-in from local governments and civil society?

David Satterthwaite| July 21st 2016|Categories: ENABLING CONDITIONS, HABITAT III & NEW URBAN AGENDA, STRENGTHENING CITIES AS ACTORS|Tags: , , |

David Satterthwaite

David Satterthwaite

David Satterthwaite is a senior fellow at IIED and visiting professor at the Development Planning Unit, University College London. Two recent books co-authored with Diana Mitlin were Urban Poverty in the Global South; Scale and Nature (2012) and Reducing Urban Poverty in the Global South (2013). Both were published by Routledge.
He was a co-ordinating lead author of the chapter on urban adaptation in the Fifth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and he is currently working with other IPCC authors on a book on how cities can combine development and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
David Satterthwaite

The New Urban Agenda will be determined in October 2016, and it has frequently been discussed what it should look like. IIED Senior Fellow David Satterthwaite argues that to really have an impact, the NUA must shift away from producing recommendations and instead actively support urban governments in their attempt to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

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