Cities should be built for people – Let us start with creating safe public spaces for everyone

By | 2017-10-14T15:09:03+00:00 June 30th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, PUBLIC SPACES|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In South Africa, historical shortcomings in city planning by the apartheid regime, rapid urbanisation, and a lack of economic opportunities have increased inequity and social exclusion. Faced with high rates of violence and crime, citizens are getting involved in enhancing safety in public spaces. Margo Weimers and her co-authors present an example from the city of Johannesburg.

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“Some very important elements were left out of the New Urban Agenda” – Interview with Lorena Zárate from Habitat International Coalition

By | 2017-10-14T15:24:42+00:00 March 16th 2017|Categories: BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING, INCLUSION|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

National and local governments must value and support community-driven development, says Lorena Zárate. In her interview with URBANET, she discusses viable and non-viable approaches to housing, democracy, and everybody's Right to the City.

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

By | 2017-10-14T16:16:54+00:00 July 27th 2016|Categories: GOVERNANCE & FINANCE, PARTICIPATION|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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